Imagine playing soccer in silence. As a deaf person, team sports can be difficult to take part in, as almost all the important communication takes place via sound. We set out to change that.
Together with Timo ten Broeke, my business partner in design, with whom I have worked on several projects so far, I was asked to design a system and device that would enable hearing impaired people to have more social interactions and play team sports again. After extensive research we found that the number one problem for deaf people playing sports was that they were unable to hear the referee’s whistle. We decided to invent a system that can be used in a variety of situations. We designed, and developed a bracelet that replaces the referee’s sound signal (or any other input) by a vibration on the wrist. The system can also be used by hearing people in loud situations. It can, for instance, replace a doorbell