Aimulet LA is a batteryless, light-activated handheld audio communication device that was used in the Laurie Anderson’s Walk project as a part of her artistic installation in a Japanese Garden of the Aichi EXPO 2005. The terminal of Aimulet LA is composed of twelve Sphelar solar cells and a ceramic speaker, and a shunt resistor. Outer shell of the Aimulet LA is made of molded bamboo sheet instead of plastic polymer for ease of recycling. This terminal is manufactured as a give-away souvenir for the visitors of her installations. Users put the terminal over their ear like a cellular phone. LED emitters are set on the ground and signal light is launched to the user like a footlight. Good Design Award Ecology Design Prize, 2006

MATERIALS: Sphelar solar cells, Ceramic speaker, Bamboo / DIMENSIONS: 86x56x7mm / PROJECT COMPLETED: March 2005 / DESIGN: Shunji Yamanaka / DEVELOPMENT: Information Technology Research Institute at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)