Now Deaf can feel music

Feel Music

Vibrating suit allows deaf people to ‘feel’ music

Music is said to be a universal language. But for Chase Burton, a deaf filmmaker from Texas, music has always been a profoundly different experience.”When I was a kid, I’d lie on the floor above our garage so I could feel the vibrations from my brother’s band rocking out below my body,” the 33-year-old told CNN. “That was one of the first times I began building a relationship with music.”

The creators want to extend the tactile musical experience beyond the deaf community. In 2018, they gave out 150 of the wearables at a rock concert in Las Vegas where half the audience members were deaf and half were hearing.Since then, Not Impossible Labs has been working to improve the technology and says it’s ready to go to market soon. Eventually, the creators want the device to become a consumer product, accessible to all. The company’s talent and business development director, Jordan Richardson, told CNN that the technology could be incorporated into live sports broadcasts, video games, theme parks or museum installations.”The newest digital steaming movie releases could have built in ‘vibe-tracks’ to ‘feel’ the movie,” he said. “We truly think that anything that has an audio element can also have a vibrational experience associated with it as well.”