Now, wearing grillz is about more than a fashion statement. You can use it as an MP3 player, using bone conduction to play your block rockin' beats through your teeth. Because why not.
The Play-A-Grill combines a digital music player and the grill, the bejeweled mouthpiece most often associated with hip-hop artists. This is the brainchild of artist Aisen Chacin, of Parsons The New School for Design in New York. New Scientist shares her lovely work today.
Like a rapper's grillz, the Play-A-Grill draws inspiration from the hated retainer, in that it sticks on your mouth-roof and covers your teeth, but is totally removable. "This piece of jewelry presents a perfect opportunity to merge an arbitrary music fashion object and reintroduce it as the music player itself," Chacin explains on her website.
She connected a vibrating motor to an MP3 player's headphone jack and made a mold of her upper palate. The controls face downward, so you can click them with your tongue. The vibration is strong enough to hear the music through your skull, as seen here:
If it's loud enough, others can hear sound coming from the wearer's mouth, according to NewSci.
"Because the grill is worn over the teeth, sound can be transmitted using bone conduction hearing instead of outside speakers or headphones," Chacin explains. She presented the work at a New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference last week.
REALLY POPSCI ? This is science worthy how ? i do really love this site but as of late the storys are lacking. stick with science and less filler please.
hey johnny before you get in an uproar remember a few key things
popsci is not a science journal it's a news site who's main purpose is to entertain and draw people in. if they don't entertain then people don't come. the fact that they happen to be science oriented is not a fluke you just have a majority of the people who use the internet interested in the sciences.
second it is very science worthy, you are literally listening to music through your jawbone! when was the last time you did this? it is science be happy eat your porridge before it gets cold.
third going back to the whole having to be interesting thing, they have to pick and choose what scientific discoveries are more interesting to the common lay-man. science may be advancing in leaps and bounds and we might be able to make discoveries at a rate that literally would put popsci out of business trying to hire enough people to report it all. until you realize that half of these "discoveries" are stuff that we already know just quantified and tested.
fourth, i need to make one of these or buy it or something becuase this is just too cool to let it die. earbuds make my ears hurt and after a while the speakers on headphones get mangled or just stop working, it'd be a lot better if i could listen to music in a way that isn't hanging on my ears. granted it'll be on my teeth but still nothing some denture glue can't fix.
to mars or bust!
"... and so the two opposing battle fleets settled their few remaining differences in order to launch a joint attack on our own Galaxy - now positively identified as the source of the offending remark.
For thousands more years the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across - which happened to be the Earth - where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.
Those who study the complex interplay of cause and effect in the history of the Universe say that this sort of thing is going on all the time, but that we are powerless to prevent it.
"It's just life," they say. "
-Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
"GULP!" ROFL.... snort.
Time to break out the bandana and listen to Hendrix full volume.
By mass producing certain components for entertainment, it could be made into more affordable hearing aids. The drawback of course would not be nice. Imagine being deaf and looking like ugly Betty.