Disney Brings Us The ‘Zoolophone’

Scientists from MIT, Harvard, Columbia University, and Disney Research Labs have invented a manufacturing process that produces a metallophone in almost any shape you wish. What is a metallophone? Think of a glockenspiel or chimes – those are examples of metallophones you may be familiar with. However, the “Zoolophone” comes in MANY different shapes from a bird to a giraffe to small cups that sound very much like their well known counterparts. In the video below, the researches explain how they managed to produce these drastically different shapes while still being able to generate a tone when the shape is struck. Just another reminder that music has many different applications.

Learn more about the research by reading the full research paper here.