Wearable Device Lets The Hearing Impaired Feel Music
The Vibeat headphones can convert sound into vibrations for a novel musical experience
Have you ever wondered what music is like for those who are hearing impaired? Partially or fully deaf individuals experience a physical perception of music that is felt through vibrations, rather than sounds. Unfortunately the quality of vibrations varies which has a dramatic impact on their musical experiences. Thanks to a new wearable device called Vibeat, their experiences could be enhanced moving forward.
Designed by Liron Gino, an industrial designer from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Vibeat is a collection of bracelets, necklaces and pins that transform music into fine-tuned vibrations for the body to feel rather than hear. The device works using circular modules that convert sound frequencies into discernible vibrations through bluetooth. Each unit in the collection translates different musical tracks into higher and lower vibrations giving the wearer a varied sensorial experience.