In Brief

Acoustruments are low-cost mechanisms developed by Disney Research that add rich functionality to handheld devices

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed a toolbox of mechanisms that can be added to a handheld device. Acoustruments are low-cost, plastic accessories that can transform a phone for a number of different applications.

The CMU and Disney researchers have used Acoustruments to build an interactive doll that responds when its tummy is poked, a smart case that can sense when it has been placed on a table or is being carried in your hand, a toy car, and an alarm clock with physical on/off and snooze buttons.

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