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Waveform - Haptic Audio Experience
Industrial Design
Waveform is a haptic wearable that enables more immersive experiences with audio.
Music by Kyle Hamm
Waveform brings a sense of touch to audio.
Haptic engines create physical vibrations that match audio frequencies. This means you can feel bass in your chest as if you were at a concert, or even experience frequencies that can't be heard.
I was inspired by the potential of a new emerging product category of haptic wearables, but the current product offering is lacking.
Opportunity :  Set the standard for a new product category of Haptic Wearables.
Functional Requirements

Extensive research, consultations with audio technicians, and tear-downs of audio equipment informed technical requirements and reasonable size restrictions.
Haptic Motor Placement

Functional prototypes and user testing allowed for insights on the most comfortable and effective placement of haptic motors. It was found that vibrations felt the most natural and potent when placed on the front and back of the chest. 
Refining Details

A large percentage of refining iteration took place in Blender. This allowed me import 3D scans of different body types and construct the shape of the product around them.
A Skipping Stone

Waveform's shape was inspired by the moment a stone skips across the water's surface. In this moment it shares a gentle interaction with the water's surface, sending out rhythmic patterns.
A Firm Hold

Spring loaded arms have tension like headphone straps to hold the points of vibration against the body with subtle pressure. This means that putting on and taking off is effortless and can be done with just one hand.
Shaped for You

Arms slide along a rail to adjust the height placement of the haptic motors on the chest.
A gooseneck mechanism where the arms meet the back allow for lateral adjustment.
Waveform's shape was built from 3D scans of many different body types. The haptic motor contact areas are shaped to conform comfortably to the body.
No-Look Interface

Every element of the interface is tactile and can be navigated without needing to look, so you won't have to remove your VR headset to get going.
Flexible for any connection configuration.
If a wired connection is preferred, cords can be kept under control the with movable clip.
Waveform - Haptic Audio Experience
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