“Sound Shirt” – An innovation for “deaf” people to “feel music”

Sound Shirt

The Junge Symphoniker Hamburg orchestra, Germany in association with CuteCircuit wearable tech company has brought an innovative and revolutionary new gadget for the hearing impaired people, which will allow the deaf to feel the musics – “The Sound Shirt

How Sound Shirt works?

This wearable garment will converts sound energy into micro vibrations which can be felt on skin.Numerous microphones are placed in the stage which will capture the sound from each instrument in the orchestra. These microphones will send the data to a computer which process the information and sends the data to the micro-actuator receivers wirelessly and in real-time. The software can transform eight types of instrumental sound, from double bass to horns, into vibrations that vary depending on the music’s intensity.

The Sound-shirt has 16 micro-actuators embedded in the fabric of the garment,each assigned to a different instrument in the orchestra based on their sound and pitch.Each instrument is felt in a particular part of the body.The violins can be felt on the arms, the upright base is picked up by the stomach motor, the drums can be felt on the back etc. This will create a fully immersive feeling for a hearing impaired or deaf audience member.

Based on the sound and pitch the motors are selectively activated, and vibrate with the intensity of the music, allowing the wearer to feel the encompassing sound of the full orchestra. In addition to the micro-vibrators, micro LEDs are also present in the garment which will allow you to see the sound also!!

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Meet the author

Dr Sanu P Moideen is an Indian-born oto-rhino-laryngologist (ENT) based in Cochin, Kerala, India. He is currently working as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Head and Neck Oncology at Regional Cancer Center, Trivandrum, Kerala.

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  1. Khizer Hussain Afroze M

    February 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I am hearing, but I’d really love to test that. I’d like to know how it feels (with and without hearing the music) This must feel amazing. (I do live in Hamburg, but I wouldn’t want to take a “spot” a deaf person could need…)


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