Sketchbook: Hard-of-Hearing

Prompt: Design a wearable device or mobile app that provides information about sounds in the environment via haptic and/or visual channels to a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. Before starting, write down what kinds of sounds you want to support and why. It’ll also be important to ensure that your design doesn’t provide an overwhelming amount of information or distract the user too much.

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  • For the nature app, it might not be useful in remote areas if it depends on internet connection.
  • The birdwatching feature could be useful for any nature-watcher, not just people who are hard-of-hearing.
  • The smart home app for a smartwatch might not be that difficult to implement by tagging appliances that could connect to one’s phone.