NuWave Glasses Help People Impaired in Hearing by Connecting To Smartphone Via Bluetooth
Undergraduate Students Chelsey Pon, Lane Stith, Nellie Talbot and Peter Yoo have created a pair of glasses called NuWave to assist those impaired in hearing. The glasses are set to boost hearing in people who are deaf and also improve their lives. The team of four students created a fictional character called Michael, a 16 year old who permanently lost his hearing ability in a car crash. The idea was to find a way in which the bone can conduct signals. This developed into creating a device that would not change Michael’s look so drastically but still maintain bone conduction as a way of transmission.
The team came up with glasses that would use the bone conduction technology. These glasses would also have a mobile app that acts as a remote control. The designed glasses use a light indicator, portable battery, microphone for hearing aid function, bone conduction transducers and induction charging pad.
The group has indicated that they chose glasses as the perfect option for Michael because Glasses can be worn anywhere anytime without drawing any unnecessary attention. Glasses were also the best device to use owing to the fact that they are the latest fashion trend. In this case there fore they would leave Michael looking as normal as possible.
The non-prescriptive NuWave use a technology that is used in Google Glass where they combine the traditional use of the hearing aid with bone conduction. The position of the glasses also enables the glass to come into contact with the temporal bone letting sound travel into the ear through vibrations.
Michael’s phone will connect to NuWave via Bluetooth technology. Besides helping the user with hearing, they will alert them when they have a text message, or a phone call, an appointment, etc. These glasses will help Michael stay connected with both family and friends. They will also assist him to stay organized without drawing too much attention to himself.
Considering that Google Glass was not created for the impaired, the idea of NuWave could lead to production of these devices to assist those who have lost their hearing ability.
The team was participating in a contest in which they called themselves Virginia Tech “Michael” Team Solution – NuWave. The “Getting Wireless” Student Design challenge was held at the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center where each participating team were given a hypothetical character to design for where the team chose to use Michael as their fictional character.