Faculty Advisor

Joe Anthony Stabile

Abstract

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community faces challenges identifying audio-based alerts. The goal of this project is to develop a portable, planar and non-invasive wearable device that is independent of the vestibular nerve and does not inhibit user behavior. Haptic technology has the capability to bypass mechanisms of traditional hearing for increased assistive accessibility. The device is intended to provide audio-spatial awareness by using haptic vibrations for sensory substitution to sense urgent safety alerts (i.e. alarms, sirens) and social interaction cues. Using three-dimensional arrangements of actuator and microphone pairs and input signal filtering through a microcontroller, sound sources can be identified and directionally located, indicated to the user via actuator vibrations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-13

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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