Translating ambient sounds into haptic signals, the Re-Wired Helmet allows the deaf to 'hear' physical sensations. It uses bone conduction technology to produce these haptic signals. Developed by Amelia Marzec, it began as a do-it-yourself project to regain the hearing in one of her ears after a tumor disabled it.
Although the Re-Wired Helmet would seem like a clunky addition to an everyday outfit, it is a great alternative to devices that yield similar results but have to be implanted in skulls via screws. As a much less invasive option, the Re-Wired Helmet is equipped with effects circuits, vibration components, signal amplifiers and sensitive microphones that can be customized to any individual head. The sound and volume is manually controlled.
The Re-Wired Helmet Translates Sounds for Deaf Individuals
1. Haptic Sensation - The development of haptic sensation headgear presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in the field of assistive technology.
2. Bone Conduction Technology - The use of bone conduction technology in the Re-Wired Helmet opens up possibilities for disruptive innovation in hearing aids and audio communication devices.
3. Customizable Headgear - The ability to customize the Re-Wired Helmet to individual heads sparks opportunities for disruptive innovation in personalized wearable technology.
1. Assistive Technology - The development of haptic sensation headgear has disruptive innovation potential in the field of assistive technology, catering to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.
2. Hearing Aids - Bone conduction technology used in the Re-Wired Helmet presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the hearing aid industry for improved hearing experiences.
3. Wearable Technology - The customizable nature of the Re-Wired Helmet offers disruptive innovation opportunities in the wearable technology industry, allowing for personalized user experiences.