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Listen Music Through Sense of Touch, New Prototype allows new way to listen

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People with hearing disorders can listen to music using their sense of touch, thanks to a groundbreaking prototype created by researchers from the University of Malaga's Department of Electronics, and members of the R&D group Electronics for Instrumentation and Systems. It is made up of an audio-tactile algorithm that converts monophonic music into tangible stimuli based on sound waves using "tactile illusions." "It's like 'hacking' the nervous system to get a different response to the actual stimulus," they explain. "What we want to achieve in the long run is for people who cannot hear to be able to 'listen' to music," says Paul Remache, the main author of this paper and a Ph.D. Program in Mechatronics Engineering researcher who believes in the power of music to influence mood as well as its potential as a therapy for mental disorders and pain treatment. prototype to listen music through touch Because this prototype, according to the researchers, will be portable, it could be taken to a concert. Music mapping The algorithm developed by this young researcher, in collaboration with UMA professors Andrés Trujillo and Fernando Vidal, is capable of converting musical features and structures extracted from MIDI files to "vibrotactile stimuli." "It's similar to mapping music," Remache explains, adding that this is possible because these types of files can not only be played and generate sound, but also provide "symbolic representations." prototype to listen music through touch Vibration management Current models do not support the relationship between emotional responses to music and vibrotactile versions of it. In light of this, these UMA engineers propose a configuration of "tactile illusions" to improve and extend the spectrum of musical features by adding dynamics to the vibration in the form of movement, changes in direction, and location. "It is a difficult process because the skin's perceptible frequency range is lower than the auditory system, which may result in the loss of some musical features," they explain. "Tactile illusions" elicit more positive than negative emotions and are perceived as more agreeable and encouraging than audio. The study is based on Paul Remache's doctoral thesis and is within the National Plan project "Smart instruments and applications in healthcare."

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