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High-tech jacket al­lows deaf peo­ple to feel the mu­sic

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

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sis­ters Her­mon and Heroda Ber­hane love danc­ing but can’t hear the mu­sic be­cause they’re both deaf, so the in­ven­tion of a jacket with sen­sors that en­ables them to feel the dif­fer­ent sounds has trans­formed their nights out in Lon­don clubs. The “Sound Shirt”, cre­ated by Lon­don-based fash­ion com­pany CuteCir­cuit, has 16 sen­sors em­bed­ded in its fab­ric, so wear­ers can feel vi­o­lins on their arms, for ex­am­ple, while drums beat on their backs. “Inside the shirt there are no wires — we have a com­bi­na­tion of mi­cro­elec­tron­ics ... very thin and flex­i­ble, and con­duc­tive fab­rics,” said Francesca Rosella, co-founder and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of CuteCir­cuit. Sound Shirts don’t come cheap, as they are ex­pected to go on sale at more than £3,000.

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