NuWave is designed to give the hearing impaired the opportunity to experience sound unlike before. The Bone Conduction transducers are located on a pair of prescriptive or non-prescriptive glasses. The glasses translate sound waves into vibrations, which are carried from the transducers, against the temporal bone, to the inner ear.
Wireless Research Engineering Resource Center (RERC) conducted a project with students from Virginia Tech. Each group was given a persona who had a problem using a typical mobile device. Our persona is a fictional high school student named Michael. He was recently in an accident where he sustained a brain injury, leaving him with permanent hearing loss. He does not like to use his mobile phone because he frequently misses calls and has trouble hearing the conversation. This leaves Michael embarrassed with a desire to feel normal again. We wanted to design a solution that would give Michael the opportunity to hear without excess bulk and cost.
We began by researching hearing aid devices that are currently on the market. We concluded that these devices were either bulky and involving frequent maintenance, or expensive and requiring surgery. We stumbled upon Bone Conduction technology, which is simple, safe, and very popular right now. We considered many different accessories and devices in which to put the bone conduction transducers. Glasses are a great solution. They can be either prescriptive or non-prescriptive and do not draw any unwanted attention.