Hair Clip Lets Deaf People Sense Sound

Hair Clip Lets Deaf People Sense Sound
Design

The device vibrates in the direction of a sound, mimicking its rhythm and vibrating harder for louder sounds

Zack Palm
  • 26 may 2017

Fujitsu user interface designer Tatsuya Honda was inspired by the way cats used their whiskers to detect movement in the air. Using this same concept, Honda created Ontenna, a wearable that allows deaf individuals to detect sound around them. It also doubles as a hair clip.

The device functions differently than a hearing aid, vibrating in the direction of sound against a person’s hair. The device mimics the rhythm and loudness of a sound, such as vibrating softly when someone clicks a pen or vibrating loudly when a tea kettle goes off. While Honda also tested the device to vibrate against someone’s skin, but during testing discovered a user would feel the vibrations much clearer from their hair. Ontenna does not replace the need for a hearing aid.

Honda plans to release two versions, hoping to have them both under $100.

Ontenna

Fujitsu user interface designer Tatsuya Honda was inspired by the way cats used their whiskers to detect movement in the air. Using this same concept, Honda created Ontenna, a wearable that allows deaf individuals to detect sound around them. It also doubles as a hair clip.

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