The soundshirt is a haptic wearable device that allows deaf users to feel music on their skin. It was designed by fashion technology company cute circuit. The sound shirt brings music to life using a series of haptic sensors that are built into the material. It features 30 micro-actuators embedded in the fabric of the garment. These sensors translate the sound in real-time, into a tactile language that is unique to each piece of music being performed. The sound shirt lets deaf people feel music on their skin.
To provide a comfortable experience for the wearer, the sound shirt is created using specifically developed smart and stretchy textiles. There is no need for wires and instead, all of the conductive pathways within the garment are composed of woven conductive textiles that are seamlessly integrated into the garment. The visual design is a metaphor for the relationship between vibrations and sound waves modulating in different frequencies.