There are several exhibitors showcasing “vibro-tactile” audio experiences at CES, including vibrating earbuds and headphones. But one of the more interesting is VibeAttire, a vest wired with vibrating motors and a small processor that converts audio signals into vibrations and maps them through the vest.
It was originally designed (in part with support from the National Science Foundation) to provide a music experience for the deaf.
It sounds weird, but it was actually a very cool immersive experience. We listened to MP3s and watched part of “The Matrix” while wearing the vest, and can imagine a 3D movie or game with it on could be awesome.
And hey, if people are willing to wear the 3D glasses, maybe they wouldn’t mind a vibrating vest…