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Essence Electrostatic Speaker Systems

The same method used in making the latest OLED displays finds applications in the audio world.

Essence™ Speakers Pioneer Printed Electronics

“Printed electronics” is the term used for a relatively new manufacturing technology that defines the printing of electronic circuits and components on common media such as paper, plastic, Mylar film, and textile, using high resolution graphic arts printing processes and press equipment. But instead of using standard inks, newly developed electronic inks are used to print active devices, such as thin film transistors and thin printed batteries. Although the concept of printed electronics has been around for some time, recent advances in conductive ink chemistry and flexible substrates promise to deliver a flood of new markets and applications.

One such application is the high-end speaker niche. Essence™ manufactures a line of next-generation electrostatic speakers that are flat, transparent, and full-range, the holy grail to many audiophiles around the world. One look at this futuristic design and you know it’s very different from any speaker you’ve ever seen.printed electronics 2 ded with the conductive traces that enable the entire surface to vibrate like a speaker cone. The result is full range sound from a single source. Gone are the bulky cabinets full of woofers, tweeters, and cross-overs, materials that cost a lot of money and use a lot of resources we should think twice about using this way.

The film is transparent; when sandwiched between two perforated sheets of acrylic, the result is transparent and completely see-through. Leading-edge companies are currently using the printed electronics technology to transform basic circuit elements, such as thin-film transistors, resistors, inductors, and capacitors into printed batteries, displays, sensors, RFID tags, interactive packaging, solar panels, and yes, even speakers. Essence™ Audio in The Netherlands is proud to be one of these printed electronics industry pioneers.

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Logitechs sold at Apple stores do, actually

by higgmerr

The Logitech Web cam sold at Apple stores has that Mac-friendly seal of approval printed right on the box. I almost bought one there a few weeks ago, but the sales person said I could get the same thing cheaper at any other electronics store. I went to several, and not a single one had the Apple-compatible logo printed on the box. When I went back to the Apple store to buy it, they had sold out. I think Apple makes it next to impossible to upgrade old equipment. If there's a third party product that will allow you to do so, Apple makes certain you buy it from them directly or not at all.
(Thanks for the tip on the mac cam software, though.)

My ham radio room

by sparkles_with_frugalness

Built my first equipment with parts salvaged from discarded tube-type TVs. Amazing, people used to just throw non-functioning electronics into empty fields. Every bit of radio equipment in my radio room I got for free, because I helped design it, and the company rewarded me with a "sample" of the early runs.
The tower that holds up the antenna - I got paid to take it down by the previous owner.
The desk on which the gear sits - a solid-core exterior door on top of two two-drawer file cabinets, all gifts given to me by a guy whom I helped move.
Photos on the walls are pictures I took personally when on trips to various foreign countries, which I then printed out in 2 X 3 foot format using a color inkjet plotter at work

Plastic Logic shows a flexible OLED display for wearable devices  —
Plastic Logic demonstrated a flexible AMOLED display at Printed Electronics Europe, an event organised by IDTechEx. The flexible device is the direct result of a recently announced collaboration with Novaled, a supplier of OLED materials. Apr 10, 2014.

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