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RumblePhones uses an Arduino and a pair of parabolic hand mics to allow the wearer to physically feel sound in a busy environment. This looks really interesting, too bad there isn’t any video of the final work. I’ll keep you updated.

RumblePhones consist of a pair of noise canceling -20 Db ear protecting headphones, two microphones, two vibration motors, an amplification circuit, and an Arduino Microcontroller. The microphones, mounted on the headphones themselves, will pick up sounds from the surrounding environment, and feed this data, after amplification, to the Arduino as an analog value. This value will be used to control the speed of two vibrating motors, mounted in the cups of the headphones themselves. This process translates the sounds of the surrounding environment into vibrations felt on the ear of the user.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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