Hearing aids are not the most fashion forward accessories in the world though people with hearing disabilities have no other real alternative to wearing them. However, designer Halley Profita has come up with an igneous invention that will have ladies with hearing difficulties make one heck of a fashion statement without giving up their hearing aids. The sexy and sleek Flutter dress is a clever mix of robotics and fashion which lets the wearer dress up without revealing their hearing aid to the world. Even though the garment does not boost the hearing of sounds per se, it allows users to “feel” them.
The Flutter Dress comes with an intricate framework of microphones and wires under it which are sensitive enough to detect emitted sounds. Upon detecting the sound, the leaflets stitched to the exterior of the dress are prompted to flutter which gives the wearer a sense of where the sound is coming from.
Of course, it can be mighty embarrassing if you find yourself in the middle of a noisy conversation and your dress starts fluttering from all the voices around you. The Flutter Dress does hold the potential for being developed as a full-on haptic feedback based hearing aid that can be hidden under one’s clothes.