People with disabilities don’t get to enjoy a variety of things others are lucky to be able to. For example, those who are born without or have lost their ability to hear can’t experience music the same way regular people can.
But that doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy it altogether. Thanks to a high-tech jacket made by the London-based fashion company CuteCircuit, deaf people can feel the groove and beat of music even without physically hearing sounds.
The Sound Shirt
The said jacket is dubbed the Sound Shirt. Equipped with 16 embedded sensors, the invention allows its wearers to literally feel music on the parts of their body that the fabric of the jacket touches.
According to deaf twins Hermon and Heroda Berhane, who lost their ability to hear when they were young, modeling for the Sound Shirt gave them a new experience and has even transformed their nights out dancing in London’s clubs.
What more, Hermon notes that wearing the shirt made it so that she could almost feel the depth of the music she was listening to
Origins of this Fascinating Invention
The concept for the new invention reportedly derived from the aptly-named Hug Shirt, a device that allows people to hug their loved ones from a distance. The latter was also dubbed as the first wearable haptic telecommunication device in the world when it was invented by CuteCircuit in 2002.
Unfortunately, not everyone may be able to afford the Sound Shirt and enjoy its life-changing benefits just yet. The product is expected to retail for £3,000 or $3,673. Still, Heroda thinks that the hefty price tag would be worth it for people like her and her sister who loves music.
According to sources, the company is offering a variety of package deals for institutions like orchestras and museums to afford the invention. These said packages range from £9,500 ($12,251) up to £11,000 ($ 14,186).
Design For Sustainability
The mind behind CuteCircuit’s innovative products is the design duo comprised of Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. Aside from their technology-oriented mantra, the company also believes in designing for sustainability.
Thus, their clothes are meant to last longer and can even be updated indefinitely through their app. The micro-electronics used in their garments are also said to be easy to repurpose and recycle.
One of their other notable creations is the Galaxy dress. With its 24,000 full color LED lights, the stunner is reportedly the largest wearable LED display in the world. Meanwhile, the team has also designed garments for celebrities like pop singer Katy Perry and former Pussycat Dolls member, Nicole Scherzinger.