Music: Not Impossible suits, which can also be used by hearing individuals, were first tested a decade ago, but the technology has recently become more accessible to the public.
Two ankle bands, two wrist bands, and a backpack make up each suit. While similar devices have existed for several decades and have been used in video games and virtual reality, Music: Not Impossible suits are unique because they transform individual music notes into specific vibrations.
“With captioning and sign language interpretation, your brain is forced to be in more than one place at a time,” said Jay Alan Zimmerman, a deaf composer and musician. “With a haptic system, it can go directly to your body at the exact same moment, and there’s real potential for you to actually feel music in your body.”
Read more about haptic suites in The New York Times.