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Ripple: Feel The Speaker
The Ripple is a smart and minimalist speaker created by Jackson McConnell, designed exclusively for the hearing impaired. It is a highly thoughtful and revolutionary project, whereby the deaf people can enjoy listening to music without experiencing the sound part of it, but by feeling it instead. This project focuses and uses the idea that the vibrations of music can stimulate and affect particular parts of a human brain, and how the normal brain perceives these waves. A similar experience is created by using the sound waves and their oscillatory motion effect. The device features an oscilloscope that shows the patterns of the sound waves and the notes. The multi level vibrations and frequencies are depicted by the up, down, rising and lowering, synchronized movements of the needles. This unique object emits multi-toned vibrations, that can be felt while touching the fluctuating and moving sound wave-like needles. Using the Ripple, a person with no hearing can actually perceive the sound waves through touch and sight. Through this remarkable piece they can actually feel the music. This device is amazing, minimalist, and clever besides being thoroughly considerate in design.