Volkswagen talking newspaper ad
Volkswagen's talking newspaper ad – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Imagine sitting down to this with your morning coffee. Volkswagen has teamed up with The Times Of India to insert an audio chip into its full-page ad on the back of the newspaper. Nifty, yes, but we wouldn't be surprised to learn that a handful of readers were startled enough to blow tea out their nose. It's an unexpected piece of advertising, but it certainly draws in a reader's attention.

According to the folks at Wired, the audio chip appears to use a photodiode (a device that controls an electric current based on the presence of a light source) attached to a small battery for power. The audio loop is activated once the newspaper is opened and keeps playing until the paper is shut (or until cereal milk is spilled on it – whichever comes first). Seeing is believing, though, so hit the jump to watch a video of the talking ad in action.

[Source: Wired]