Coralie Gourguechon is a French creative technologist and product designer who has constructed a functional speaker out of an A4 size paper. Her aim was to simplify the daily life electronics design; stripping down an average gadget to a handful of components on a piece of paper.
The speaker is similar to a circuit diagram brought to life. Each component of the speaker is connected to a network of lines drawn on the paper with conductive ink.
A cone shape is cut out of the paper to turn on or off the sound. The cone shape has to be pop out to turn on the speaker as the folding close the circuit and lay it flat down to turn off, thus disconnecting the circuit. The speaker cone spreads out to form a mechanical amplification of the sound system.
Coralie has another similar project but with a pop-up antenna to form a paper radio. She says, “The objective of paper is to simplify the manufacture of electronic assemblies.” These sophisticated pieces of engineering seem as simple as anatomical drawings.
Electronic products are undergoing a revolution with the invention of conductive ink markers and 3D printers. This proves that soon each one of us will be able to print and assemble electronic devices at home.
Will this make your next DIY weekend project? If you need more motivation, you should see the demonstration of the paper speaker in the video below.