Music is part of our everyday lives. As we walk down the streets, we hear songs echoing from car radios or tunes spreading from commercials. We hear people humming on the streets and maybe even we start singing songs of our own. However, for some people, music cannot be part of their life. Whether they are deaf or hearing impaired, it is very hard, if not impossible for them to hear the notes of a song. In order to help them, Apiwat (Peet) Anuntrachartwong created a device called Corus.
Corus was designed in the form of a C-shaped vibrational collar. It can be placed around the person’s neck and delivers musical vibrations. Its shape was designed to be as sleek and minimalist as possible. According to the designer, Corus was made to mirror modern simplicity that is also aesthetically pleasing.
“The name Corus comes from the mixing of the word ‘core’ and ‘chorus’. ‘Core’ represent the vibration that is the core of the sound, and ‘chorus’ is the part of the song structure, which is the refrain or a repeat of the catchy part of the song, represent the idea of the hearing impaired could ‘hear’ (feel) the music again like the chorus that comes back in the song,” the designer explained.
The idea behind the creation of this innovative device is that the emotional aspects of music can be translated in different ways. The different frequencies the skin will recognize through vibrations will thus evoke different feelings. Corus is based on a study that was conducted at Ryerson University in Toronto. There, developers created a chair that transformed acoustic signals into vibrations. Apiwat (Peet) Anuntrachartwong used this idea to develop the design and packaging of Corus for a Bachelor’s Thesis.
What do you think of Corus? Will it help people who suffer from hearing impairment?
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