I recently stumbled upon this video about an awesome project: a tactile harness with various vibrating parts designed to experience music “physically”. Watch the video of the story here:
Although designed with the Deaf and hard of hearing in mind, I find this a really awesome idea for anyone. I think anyone who loves music might be interested into experience it on an even more intensive level. I would be very curious to try this out 🙂
While my hearing got bad after I already finished high school, I can only imagine what burdens a hearing loss puts on students. I hope this article reaches a lot of teachers to be good allies for those affected.
I recently stumbled upon this talk by professional real-time captioner Mirabai Knight about why human captioning (still) matters:
I highly recommend watching the talk in its entirety. I found it super interesting and learned a lot. However, if you have only 5 minutes, I suggest watching starting at minute 10:38, which contains my personal highlight.
It is awkward enough to have to ask a speaker to use a microphone in front of the full audience. It is even more awkward if they refuse to do so. You’d be surprise how often “No, thanks, I am good” is the answer.
However, my low light so far was: ‘No, I don’t like to use the microphone, I don’t want to feel tied to the podium and prefer to walk around.’ It seems to be hard to assess the priorities of ‘convenience for me’ and ‘necessity for someone else’.
To my delight, I found out that my 28c3 talk was recently linked from an article on heise.de (which is the German slashdot).
I love to see that by now there are projects pursuing what I was calling for in my talk. That hearing aid hardware and software development becomes more open and accessible to every geek out there.
Btw. In case you are wondering: while I share the first name with the author of this article, it’s not me 🙂
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