Shirt Helps Deaf People Enjoy Music Through Motion
The Junge Symphoniker Orchestra in Hamburg is using a special wearable that helps the hearing impaired experience the performance
Deaf people typically enjoy music by being able to feel the beat, a feat that is easy when the sound is turned up loud enough. However this solution doesn’t work for live orchestral performances. Hamburg’s Junge Symphoniker Orchestra has found a found a way to help deaf music fans enjoy their concerts: the Sound Shirt.
Designed in collaboration with London-based wearable tech firm CuteCircuit, the Sound Shirt translates the sounds into different levels of vibration. The shirt turns the sounds created by eight different instruments into data through the use of microphones, including horns, cello, and loud percussion. From there, the data is communicated wirelessly to the shirt and expresses it as vibrations of different intensities to differentiate how loud or soft the orchestra plays. The shirt has sixteen vibration areas in total that correspond to a different section of the orchestra. It is currently available for use at the orchestra’s performances.