New wearable device M: NI allows hearing through the skin

In September, an unusual concert took place at the Bankhouse salon in downtown Las Vegas. It was attended by 200 music fans, including several deaf viewers, who tested the new wearable electronic device. It makes it possible to hear musical vibrations through the largest human organ - the skin.

The technology was named Music: Not Impossible (M: NI). It was developed by former music producer and now a successful entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Not Impossible Lab, Mick Eberling.

Technology Developer Mick Eberling

The set of the device includes two self-powered bracelets, two ankle straps and a tourniquet covering the back and shoulders. All of them are interconnected by wires. The user perceives music in the form of vibrations - "surround sound" using the Vibrotextile technology. Electrical impulses, each of which is responsible for "its own" sound, provide the sensors with information, which they transform into a corresponding vibration signal.

It should be noted, however, that leather is far from being an ideal frequency discriminator compared to ears. She can "hear" vibrations from 10 to 1000 Hz, while her ears - up to 20, 000 Hz. But the skin is very sensitive to changes in amplitude intensity, which is what M: NI uses.

Mick Eberling is confident that the device he developed will be in demand not only by the deaf and hard of hearing, but also by musicians who are looking for new forms of self-expression. One of them is to perceive music through the skin.