It might seem gross but someone has actually built headphones not from metal, plastic, or animal skin, rather yeast, fungus, and bacteria. Korvaa is the world's first microbe-grown headphone prototype. As Fast Company reports, the process to identify and finalise materials took six months.
At the end, things that made to the prototype were 3D printed plastic from yeast, ear passing and leather on top from fungus, and mesh that touches the ears from biosynthetic spider silk.
The prototype looks like a regular headphone but the innards to make it function like one are missing. The researchers hope to develop that in the future as well. Korvaa is designed by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Aalto University, and design firm Aivan.
In related news, the world’s deadliest malware WannaCry again found its way to a system – but not to compromise it; rather to be showcased as a piece of artwork by artist Guo O Dong. This system – a Samsung laptop also contains other deadly threats all airgapped to ensure that the malware threats do not spread to other systems. This artwork, containing threats is called The Persistence of Chaos, was also recently available to buy at an auction.
The Persistence of Chaos is purely an artwork designated to showcase a real-world representation to apparently inspire deployment of better security solutions.
“The malware of The Persistence of Chaos have caused over $95 billion dollars’ worth of damage, simply because businesses weren’t prepared for attacks they haven’t seen before” stated the official Deep Instinct portal representing The Persistence of Chaos.
(with inputs from ANI).