Vibration technology to help deaf people experience live music
Vibration technology can drastically improve deaf people’s experiences of live music.
Listening to live music is one of the most liberating experiences one can go through, though naturally some people have limitations to the enjoyment; like those suffering from deafness.
But technology today is so advanced that all our limitations should become opportunities, which is what Avnet and Not Impossible Labs have done with the development of their specially designed lightweight vests with wrist and ankle bands.
The deaf community, along with hearing concertgoers, were invited to the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas for a demonstration, testing out the vests.
The vest kit utilises sophisticated vibrational technology to create an immersive sensory experience, with the vibrations targeting different parts of the body to create distinct sensations felt on the skin, hence emulating the different instruments being played.
Synchronised vibrational delight
The technology used by Not Impossible is not only wireless, but also creates zero-latency vibrations in perfect synchronisation with the music. The levels are also adjustable, giving each wearer the power to alter their experiences to their power.
“This is the first of several new innovations that we are excited to help Not Impossible Labs bring to life,” said Avnet CEO, Bill Amelio. “It was life-changing and exhilarating to see folks from the deaf community enjoying live music, but making this experience happen was a complex problem to solve.
“Leveraging our strong understanding of technology, design, production and manufacturing, we worked closely with Not Impossible to guide the process and ensure our collaboration would bring this technology to everyone,” he added. “And this is only the beginning. We’re now working with Not Impossible on additional VibrotextileTM products, extending beyond entertainment to therapy, communication and safety that will improve the lives of many.”
For more info on the vibration technology from Avnet and Not Impossible Labs, check out the website.