Music: Not Impossible started with the premise of providing a better live music concert experience for the deaf and hard of hearing. We wanted to create something to empower them to enjoy music in a whole new way.
After almost 3 years of continuous research and development we have engineered a complete platform for composing, translating and sending audio as vibrations wirelessly to the users' bodies. What we learned along the way is that while MNI definitely makes it easier for the deaf and hard of hearing to experience music, it is also very enjoyable for everyone else.
In the near future vibrotactile art will be a means of expression where we all can appreciate rhythms, intensities and movements conveyed to the human’s largest organ: the skin!
"I think more than anything I’m grateful I got a chance to experience this. It’s one of those things that you won’t understand
it until you experience it. And the other people won’t understand until they experience it too. Every 10 years something comes about like that. And this has taken a very long time, but you guys did it.”
Multi Grammy Award Winner
Our system comprises a set of wearable devices, software, hardware and wireless communication. The wearables set includes a vest, two wrist, and two ankle bands supplying 8 distinctive areas of vibration across the user’s body. We call it a ‘Surround Body Experience’. It has evolved to provide three different vibratory translations of music:
We can create a vibratory translation of live music in real time. Each instrument or set of instruments can be assigned to a different part of the user’s body while being totally customizable to deliver the most engaging experience.
As you play a song through your mobile device, the vibrations are dynamically spread across the user's body.
We can create vibratory versions of songs that go beyond simply matching the instrumentation to provide a fully immersive and parallel experience. It's a completely new artistic medium for composers to send vibratory rhythms to the body for endless expressive possibilities.
”It’s incredible... hearing and deaf-impaired, are left enthralled and impressed... but just as an idea to be able to feel music is so, for me, groundbreaking and so cool. And when I felt the vibrations for the first time when you came to our rehearsal... Just blew our minds..." Lissie (singer/songwriter)
“I feel vibrations for a living, and... to feel all of them at the same time without being overly muddled, it’s so cool and beautiful. You should be proud of yourselves.” - Mandy Harvey (profoundly deaf singer/songwriter)
Director of Technology
Deaf Community Ambassador