Watch This ‘Sound Shirt’ Help Deaf People ‘Feel’ Music

The Jungen Symphoniker Hamburg believe music should be for everyone. They enable deaf people to experience classical concerts for the first time. By the use of the most modern technology, The Sound Shirt turns music into touch sensations. The wearable device succeeded at its first trial run: The reactions of the deaf testpersons speak for themselves. Goosebumps guaranteed.

Here’s how it works: First, microphones have to be placed throughout the source of the music — a concert stage, an orchestra pit, etc. The audio is picked up by the shirt’s computer system, and translated into vibration through small motors (called actuators) throughout the shirt.

In the Fortune story, CuteCircuit CEO Ryan Genz detailed the process:

The deeper, heavier bass notes [activate the actuators] down in lower parts of torso, and the lighter sections, like violin and lighter notes, further up on the body, around the neck area and clavicle. As they’re watching the orchestra, they can see certain areas are more active than others; they feel soundwaves in specific areas of the body, and within a few minutes understand there is a correlation.

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