Watch the video. I’ll wait.
Is that not terrific? I just want to watch it go. All. Day. Totally mesmerizing. This beautiful speaker enclosure was designed by Arthur Harsuvanakit and Evan Atherton of Autodesk using 3ds Max and Autodesk Inventor. During an exploratory project around multi-material printing with a Stratasys Objet500 Connex, the team created an object that caused Director of Strategic Innovation at Autodesk, Maurice Conti, to remark “Hey, this would make a cool speaker.” So that’s what they did, turned it into a speaker. But not just any speaker.
The duo realized that, having printed the outside of the enclosure in VeroClear, the specific shape caused light to become digitized. Or pixilated. Whatever you want to call it, it’s fantastic. So LumiGeek joined in on the fun with their addresable strip shield LEDs. The lights are controlled on an iPad that’s connected to an Arduino board, so the patterns and colors can be completely customized. I nominate the combining of the LumiGeek LEDs and the 3D printed speaker for Coolest Idea of the Week.