Back in September, Ars Technica reports, 200 music fans gathered at the Bunkhouse Saloon in downtown Las Vegas for a private live concert. Several of the fans were deaf, and the concert served as a test for new wearable technology that allows deaf and hearing users alike to experience musical vibrations through their skin for a true “surround body” experience.
The technology is called Music: Not Impossible (M:NI), and its inventor is former Hollywood producer turned entrepreneur Mick Ebeling, founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs.
It uses two battery-powered wristbands, two ankle bands, and a harness that fits across the back and shoulders. It hooks into a venue’s sound system, sending electrical pulses (coordinated with colored LED lights) to the sensors against the skin.
Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer, and Pharrell are fans. Pharrell said he had “felt the future” after trying M:NI out.
“We’re not trying to replace music,” said Daniel Belquer, who is the director of technology for Not Impossible Labs. “We’re trying to provide an experience that relates to music. It’s less a new technology and more a new form of expression that, instead of going through the ears, goes through the skin. When you feel it, you understand it.”