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Ripple - A Speaker for the Hearing Impaired - What would a speaker for the hearing impaired look like?
This project explores how sound can be interpreted through touch and sight, rather than through audition.
The object emits multi-toned vibrations, while the fluctuating needles manifest sound waves.
*Poster in Collaboration with Tobias Oliva
Ripple - A speaker for the hearing impaired. - The object emits multi-toned vibrations, while the fluctuating needles manifest sound waves.
What would a speaker for the hearing impaired look like? This project explores how sound can be interpreted through touch and sight, rather than through audition.
What would a speaker for the hearing impaired look like? This project explores how sound can be interpreted through touch and sight, rather than through audition.
Vibrations from the sound waves are captured in the balloon.
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Ripple - A Speaker for the Hearing Impaired
Comments (5)
  • I would SO love to experience this device! I currently listen to music by hand placing my hand on a regular speaker to feel whatever vibrations I can of music that way. Where can one obtain one of these? How much are they? Are they available for review? I would not only like to experience it myself and write a review, but also show it to several other friends who are Deaf and Low Vision or Deaf-Blind! The tactile aspect means it is able to bring music to everyone if it works as it appears to.

    5 years ago

  • Thank you Travis

    11 years ago

  • If confronted with speaker vibrations and oscilloscopes showing sound wave patterns, it is possible for those with little to no hearing understand and enjoy music. The concept is an attempt at making music "readable" through a small object.

    11 years ago

  • Great idea!

    11 years ago

  • Is it intended that the sound will be "readable" like braille, or will it just feel interesting?

    11 years ago

  • Is it intended that the sound will be "readable" like braille, or will it just feel interesting?

    11 years ago

  • Great idea!

    11 years ago

  • If confronted with speaker vibrations and oscilloscopes showing sound wave patterns, it is possible for those with little to no hearing understand and enjoy music. The concept is an attempt at making music "readable" through a small object.

    11 years ago

  • Thank you Travis

    11 years ago

  • I would SO love to experience this device! I currently listen to music by hand placing my hand on a regular speaker to feel whatever vibrations I can of music that way. Where can one obtain one of these? How much are they? Are they available for review? I would not only like to experience it myself and write a review, but also show it to several other friends who are Deaf and Low Vision or Deaf-Blind! The tactile aspect means it is able to bring music to everyone if it works as it appears to.

    5 years ago