At next year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival, deaf people will be able to feel the beat thanks to vest-like devices designed to be worn on the chest or back.
- The vest creates vibrations in sync with the music, giving deaf people a richer concert experience
- Cochlear Implant Users Say Technology Has Allowed them to Feel the Nuances of Music
- More vests are on their way to Australia for trials at music events
Paul Nunari, director of infrastructure for the New South Wales Regional Department, said the technology responds to sound via a Bluetooth-like system that produces vibrations based on music.
“The vest has different components that respond to different types of music, allowing the wearer to feel the beat,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Coldplay band began offering the technology to hearing-impaired fans for use at their concerts.
Two of the best are now available for trial at the Tamworth Festival in January.
Nunari said it would change the whole experience.
“Traditionally, deaf people would literally put their hands on the speakers and feel the vibrations, but now they can actually wear the vest and feel the tactile experience throughout the entire concert,” he said. I was.
Lucas Philby, who is severely deaf, was dancing today in a wheelchair and wearing a vest.
“These vests allow him to feel the music, so he can feel and dance to the beats of songs and different tracks,” said his mother Veronica Filby.
Alan Edwards has a cochlear implant that allows him to hear words more clearly, but says he has trouble hearing music.
But at the vest, the feeling was outstanding.
“What I really liked was that when I was strumming the guitar, it was a beautiful ripple through the vest, so I could really feel the finer tones.
The New South Wales Regional Authority said eight more vests were in preparation and were expected to arrive in Australia by next March for trials at music events.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-30/hight-tech-vest-allows-hearing-impaired-feel-the-music/101714504 Best for deaf Coldplay fans at Tamworth Country Music Festival