Invented by Halley Profita from the University of Colorado, the dress gives vibration feedback in that direction and acts like a cue to look in that area
(PRWEB UK) 22 April 2013
A student has invented a dress which aims to help people with hearing loss by alerting them of where sound is coming from, reports the BBC.
The Flutter dress appears to be an ordinary white dress with feather like fragments running up and down it, but hides a network of microphones which pick up sounds in the environment and are connected to microcontrollers that talk to each other and vote on the direction of the sound.
Invented by Halley Profita from the University of Colorado, the dress gives vibration feedback in that direction and acts like a cue to look in that area – much like if someone looked behind them because they were being tapped on the shoulder.
The dress is still at research stage, but Ms Profita hopes to start testing it out on humans in the autumn, with future plans possibly incorporating hearing aids in the design.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“This is an interesting invention which demonstrates a different approach to aiding hearing impairment in a fun and fashionable way. It will be interesting to see how the design evolves.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.