He developed a new sensory machine – his name is Tatsuya Honda.
Honda began studying sign language after his own experience of helping a deaf person when he was still in his first year of university. He established a volunteer group for sign language interpreters and has experienced setting up an NPO. Focusing on the human body and senses as the main theme, he began his research along with the deaf to create a new user interface that can experience sound in the hair called “Ontenna.”
On top of recognizing the volume of the sound, this device can also recognize the direction – a revolutionary hairpin that can detect sound from the vibration of the hair. His efforts have been well recognized as he received the 21st Rookie award for the AMD (Association of Media in Digital) award that is given to the person who invented the most advanced digital content. This device has been appraised that “it has given new hope for the deaf around the world.”
Currently, they are working on a project to deliver “Ontenna” as soon as possible to the deaf around the world, and they are aiming to spread “Ontenna” to all deaf person by the year 2020.