Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A device that helps deaf users detect danger

Furenexo, a newly launched startup based in New York, is working to make assistive technology affordable and accessible. In July, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to build its first product, SoundSense. 

The device is a small wearable designed to help deaf individuals detect loud sounds and alerts, like sirens and car horns, by transforming those sounds into felt vibrations.

SoundSense only costs $30 — significantly lower than similar devices. Through its Kickstarter, the startup is allowing donors who don't need this type of device to donate one to someone who could benefit from it.

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