High-tech jacket allows deaf people to feel the music
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.