A recently-announced partnership between Avnet and Not Impossible Labs has yielded a new type of wearable — a “Vibrotextile” vest with wrist and ankle bands that pulse in sync with live musical performances, enabling wearers to feel the music. The new wearables publicly debuted in a bundle the companies are calling Music: Not Impossible, designed specifically to give both deaf and hearing concertgoers a way to enjoy music via vibrations that are felt throughout the body.
Music: Not Impossible is particularly interesting from an engineering standpoint, as it requires that multiple wearables sync both with each other and a live performance. Rather than all pulsing simultaneously with every beat, the wrist, ankle, and chest wearables separately vibrate in sync with individual instruments, creating different sensations across the wearer’s body.
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