Hannah Perner-Wilson's beautiful paper speakers

[gallery]Hannah Perner-Wilson of Plusea has been exploring some amazingly beautiful sensors at MIT's media lab that explore paper and ink-jet printed electronics. I particularly love these paper speakers and how she is challenging the aesthetics of the circuit patterning:

"Inspired by Marcelo Coehlo’s paper speaker and Vincent Leclerc’s Accouphene textile speaker, these paper and fabric speakers are made by running 5-9V amplified sound signal through a very conductive coil in close proximity to a magnet. Unlike most speakers that have the wire coil wrapped cylindrically and placed around the magnet, here the coil is in the plane and directly adhered to the membrane that moves the air creating sound." Continue reading ...

Solar-powered necklace

Designer, Plusea, created this solar-powered t-shirt with an integrated electronic necklace. A motor mounted on the shoulder runs continuously or in short bursts, depending on how much sunlight is available. The result "tickles" your cheek at variable speeds. This would make me want to sneeze all day, however, the designer put together a great tutorial on how to make this wearable on instructables so that DIYers can get an introduction into soft-circuits and wearables.

Pulsea also considered washability by integrating the circuitry into the t-shirt using conductive fabrics and threads and keeping all of the non-waterproof electronic components built into a detachable necklace so that it can be removed when washing the t-shirt.

Check out the project's flickr set here. And a recent workshop here.