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A McDonald’s In Canada Is Turning Cup Holders Into Speakers

For a limited time, if you find yourself at a McDonald’s in Ashridges Bay, Toronto, you’ll be able to get your hands on a cup holder with a folding boombox speaker. This is a promotion for the anniversary of the invention of the McFlurry, which was invented 22 years ago in Canada.

This speaker/cupholder hybrid might seem kind of useless, but it’s good for the fact that it’s making use out of recycled materials. The invention is the result of a partnership between McDonald’s, the University of Waterloo’s Audio Research Group, and STACKLAB, who set out to find a way to recycle a cup holder into speakers.


What is being called the “McDonald’s Boombox” promise to amplify the music coming out of a smartphone by as much as 101 percent. It works due to its unique 10-sided cone design, which assists in reflecting the sound coming from your smartphone speakers.

These recycled cupholder/speakers were only distributed from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET at one McDonald’s location on July 28. Maybe if people like their limited edition speakers they’ll roll them out to a wider audience…but probably not. Happy McFlurry Anniversary!



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