Exclusive: Meet Tactus, the startup behind smart clothing that translates music into vibrations
September 22, 2020 at 13:18 PM EDT
The company, which is named after a rhythmic unit used in 15th-century music, takes digital audio signals and optimizes them to be felt through vibrations on the body, instead of heard through vibrations in the air. Once the signal is converted into vibrations, those vibrations are sent to specific locations on the torso through Tactus' vibrotactile device, which looks like a vest. With the vibrotactile vest, members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community are able to experience music in a portable way.