Electronic Devices as Jewelry
Part 2 of 2

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can see what is ahead but they cannot sense what might be behind them or out of sight. For a deaf person, the sound of a blaring car horn from behind is no help at all.

Not all deaf people are lucky enough to have a hearing dog so a device that could sense sound for them would not only be useful but potentially life-saving. A device that also fulfills a decorative function means it is more likely to be worn.

The Vibering consists of a watch and two sound sensing rings. The rings are worn on opposite hands so they function much like ears. They pick up the sounds and transmit it to the watch which then vibrates and alerts the wearer not just to what sort of sound but also the distance and position of the source. The digital display on the watch will be able translate the sound waves and tell the wearer if the sound might also be a human voice. Some common phrases like "Excuse me" would be included.

The device was designed by Kwang-seok Jeong, Min-hee Kim and Hyun-joong Kim. It won them the iF 2008 concept design award. They deserved it as this is truly an innovative design.


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