From smoke alarms to ambulance sirens. Typical sounds that deaf people cannot hear. Now, thanks to SoundSense, a small and discreet appliance, a simple vibration can warn the person wearing the device of an acoustic warning that requires immediate attention. The device takes advantage of surprisingly simple technology.
A microphone passes a signal to a microchip, that is able to pick up on sudden increases in volume and precise acoustic signals such as horns and sirens, and in turn, sends a vibrating message. The battery lasts one full day, and can be recharged using USB.
“We wanted to make something practical and economical (it costs a little more than €20) that anyone would be able to use. For example, consider an elderly person or an individual with any type of disability” clarified Brian Goral, co-founder and CEO of the company that produces the device.