The Sound­shirt

How It Works - - TECHNOLOGY -

Cutecir­cuit has not only cre­ated cou­ture for its vis­ual ap­peal but also to en­hance the lives of those with a hear­ing im­pair­ment, hence the cre­ation of the Sound­shirt. Em­bed­ded within the fab­ric of the shirt are 16 mi­cro-ac­tu­a­tors, which re­ceive in­for­ma­tion from the stage and tran­scribe that into a real-time sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. Mi­cro­phones placed around the stage will pick up the dif­fer­ent sec­tions of an orches­tra, with the sound then con­verted into data through soft­ware be­fore be­ing sent to the shirt’s sen­sors. From the crescen­dos of the drums felt on the back to the del­i­cate strings of the vi­o­lins that run down the arm, the sound shirt can en­cap­su­late the wearer within the sym­phony.

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