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Waveband / Disability aid

Waveband
Waveband

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD_01 2020

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD_01 2020

This thesis project set out to empower people born deaf or severely hearing impaired in their everyday lives. The whole process was continually inspired by and validated with the target group: three people representing the wide spectrum of hearing impairment, a tinnitus group, and the youth center DUKiS for the hearing impaired in Stockholm. The close interaction with the users inspired the problem statement and allowed for lots of ideation, testing and physical prototyping. This resulted in a wearable that enables users to seamlessly get eachother’s attention through haptics - and if desired - take part in the everyday soundscape.

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Umeå Institute of Design

Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå, Sweden

Kristjan Juks,
Umeå Institute of Design

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