Can You Hear Me?

Tatsuya Honda
UI Designer

Tatsuya Honda began studying sign language after assisting someone hearing-impaired during his first year at university. He later established a volunteer group for sign-language interpreters and set up an NPO. Focusing on the human body and senses, he began research that led to a new user interface called Ontenna that can detect sound from the vibration of the hair and even recognize the sound’s direction. For his efforts, he received the Association of Media in Digital’s 21st Rookie Award, which is given to the person who invents the most advanced digital content. Tatsuya’s Ontenna device has been recognized internationally for giving new hope to deaf people all over the world. Tatsuya and his team are working on a project to deliver Ontenna to all hearing-impaired people by the year 2020.