We all know the Braille system designed to help the blind and visually impaired read. Jackson McConnell came up with a similar concept that helps the deaf and hearing impaired enjoy music, through touch. The Ripple is a concept design using a device that emits multi-toned vibrations, while the fluctuating needles manifest sound waves. According to the designer, McConnell, if confronted with speaker vibrations and oscilloscopes showing sound wave patterns, it is possible for those with little to no hearing understand and enjoy music. Basically an attempt to make music readable and enjoyable for all, the Ripple sure seems to be a great idea that could just revolutionize audio for the hearing impaired.
An innovative thought and design indeed, we sure hope it reaches our store shelves!
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