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Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues


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Products from the Quietude collection.

Siena University's Patrizia Marti is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

Credit: Financial Times

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

Her Quietude series includes three necklaces fashioned from leather, felt, and recycled plastic, equipped with technology that translates sound into shape changes, light patterns, and vibrations.

Marti hopes to put the necklaces into commercial production once she finds smaller, longer-lived batteries to power them.

Quietude was seed-funded by the European Union-backed Wear consortium, whose goal is to design and market next-generation wearables that address ethical and environmental issues.

Said Marti, “We have had interest in our necklaces from all over the world. Now we are thinking about price.”

From Financial Times
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