Loud noises that serve as a warning are what catches our attention and alerts us of possible dangers around us. Take for example, a car horning at you to warn you of that the traffic light has turned green or a suddenly explosion in the city centre. However, for those who are deaf or hard on hearing, the world is a potentially dangerous place. This new Smartwatch named BRACER, licensed by Singapore-based social enterprise The GoodWater Company looks to change the way sounds are being ‘heard’ by the deaf.
The concept for BRACER is simple, it is a watch that helps the deaf or those hard on hearing by warning them of loud sounds around them. The sensors in BRACER are set to a particular decibel level, any sound that is louder than this pre-set level will trigger the Smartwatch to vibrate and its LED lights will flash, to warn its user of the loud noise.
Trials were recently conducted in collaboration with the SADeaf (Singapore Association for the Deaf), a total of six members tested BRACER out for three weeks. During this time, BRACER’s effectiveness in alerting them of danger were tested and results were mostly positive. ‘However, there is still room for further improvements in terms of the sound levels which could be more sensitive in capturing dangerous sounds,’ said Alvan Yap Deputy Director of SADeaf.
The team is also looking to introduce BRACER to those working who are not hearing impaired by are working in construction, seniors and youths where they might not pick up loud sounds readily due to constant background noises or distracted by other tasks. Currently, BRACER has yet to be mass produced. However, if you want to know more about BRACER or purchase a pair, click here. A limited number of units are up for grabs at a recommended retail price of SG$200.
By Geralyne Kaye / October 14, 2015 17:50PM GMT+8 Singapore
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