Thanks to the power of Arduino and prototyping using the Arduino platform a new vibrating hair clip has been developed and prototyped which will one day hopefully help deaf people feel sounds.
Watch the video below for an overview of how the Ontenna vibrating hair clip functions and will be able to help people with hearing issues once again interact with their environment and it sounds.
Adafruit explains more about the innovative vibrating hair clip which was first unveiled last year and started as a university research project and interface designer Tatuya Honda.
There’s some biomimicry going on here with the hairclip sending vibrations through hair, much like whiskers on a cat. Currently the model can create vibrations based on intervals of sound, but the hope is to develop a product that can differentiate tones.
The idea is simple, but it could add a lot of value to someone who is deaf. Imagine events happening behind you that you are unaware of, but suddenly through some minor buzzing you realize there is a reason to look. Not only is it handy, but it may add safety.