If you’re looking for a way to really get that feeling of being immersed in sound, Woojer has the answer for you: A silent, wearable woofer. This matchbox-sized device transforms any audio signal into silent, harmonic tactile sensation that can be felt throughout the body. The Kickstarter campaign for the device launches today, with delivery scheduled for the spring of 2014.
“We spent the past two years optimizing Woojer’s technology to ensure a fully immersive experience, and are now launching on Kickstarter to fund production, which means backers will be the first to experience and own a Woojer,” said Dr. Neal Naimer, who is responsible for product development at Woojer.
The plug-and-play device clips onto your clothing in one or more places and convinces the brain that the entire body is experiencing high acoustic sound via perceptual inference. Woojer’s technology transforms any audio signal into harmonic tactile sensation that traverses through the skeleton and nervous system to the brain, thereby allowing users to literally feel the sound.
“At present, personal audio experiences are based solely on hearing. As a consequence, virtually all the rich low frequency sensation is lost. Woojer captures all the lost low frequency sensation and literally allows you to feel the sound. It’s like having your own portable movie theater, or being at a rock concert. Imagine the implications for video gaming and other multimedia experiences. The experience is so engaging, and so totally immersive, users tend to lower the audio levels, thus making it safer for your hearing,” said Mor Efrati, the inventor of Woojer.