New High-Tech Jacket Enables Deaf People to Feel The Music

Deaf people can still enjoy music with a special device called a music shirt made by a UK company. Only wearing it on deaf people can ‘listen’ to every note of the song.

Soundshirt is the name of a special shirt designed with 16 sensors that can emit electrical impulses and convey the sensation throughout the wearer’s body with the same tone as the music emitted. People who are deaf cannot hear but can feel notes through a shirt.

The shirt does this magic by connecting to a computer system that captures audio from the microphone placed at various points on the stage. Thanks to the shirt of the hearing impaired, not only can you feel the music, you can also enjoy concerts, symphonies and even musicals.

This high-tech music shirt was created by London-based company CuteCircuit. Soundshirt allows a deaf person to perceive music through his skin. And for the first time they can experience a symphony concert right on stage. Just by looking at the reaction of the hearing impaired, we can see how their expressions are when enjoying music. This immersion in music is something we truly believe that music is shared by everyone.

CuteCircuit CEO Ryan Genz said the company intuitively maps how music affects the body. Strong notes usually work on the lower part of the body, while high notes such as a violin played in the upper part like the neck or collarbone.

When the hearing impaired watches the orchestra play, they may find that some areas of the body are more active than others. They feel the sound waves in the body and within minutes they understand that they are correlated.

The shirt is designed to make the hearing impaired feel comfortable despite the skin effects. The shirt has no wires connected and is made of ‘smart fabric’ that combines very thin and flexible microelectronics with conductive fabric. The shirt was tested on twins who had hearing loss at a young age but liked to dance and proved useful to people with hearing impairment.