London, Jan 19 (ANI): A gadget that converts sound to vibrations will help individuals who are deaf and blind or severely hearing impaired to perceive and recognize sounds with their skin, says its maker.
Called Monitor, the super device is being developed by engineering researcher Parivash Ranjbar, reports The Daily Express.
Ranjbar, an engineering researcher at Orebro University in Sweden, said: "Deaf blind people are used to getting information about their surroundings from vibration.
"Some people say they can tell which of their children is approaching from vibrations on the floor or they know when water starts to boil in a pot by the vibration it makes."
She added: "The purpose of the aid is to help people identify different sounds. They can also tell if somebody is talking to them but not what they say. However, one of my subjects was able to repeat exactly to me what I had said to my supervisor when I took a phone call. Monitor could make a real difference to people's lives.
"Deaf blind people say they feel fear because they are always surprised by events and cannot plan for them. They cannot hear somebody approaching until they are close enough to smell the person's perfume or to touch them and by that time it is too late to decide how to prepare." (ANI)