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Jun 07, 2016

An enterprise to hear the beats

Gisborne Girls' High School team have created a speaker plug-in that translates music bass and beats into a handheld device for hearing-impaired consumers.


A GISBORNE Girls’ High School group has come up with a way for the hearing-impaired to experience music. After a seven-year hiatus, the Young Enterprise Scheme YES, is back operating in Gisborne.

YES is a year-long business learning opportunity for high school students run via the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce.

Groups must come up with a product, make prototypes, produce it, fund it and attempt to sell it to "The Dragons” — a panel of television show Dragon’s Den-style judges, who travel around schools taking part in the YES, to assess each group.

One group that believes it is on to a winner, is Gisborne Girls’ High School group Tympanum — Fern Stuart, Hannah Scholefield, Anna Hyland, Lucy Anderson, Fritha Rau and Laurel Mitchell.

They have come up with a concept to create a speaker plug-in that translates music bass and beats into a handheld device that vibrates along with the music.

Laurel says the device would essentially allow deaf people to have the sensation of music through bass and vibration.

“My mum is a social worker with the elderly and she is always telling me about how there is not enough for them to do and they are kind of limited with things like hearing loss.

"Then I saw something about a girl who is deaf and would stand right by the speakers at concerts to feel the vibrations and experience the music.”

Fellow group member Lucy says the idea came to them through a bit of research too.

“We had a look online and realised there were lots of things to help the hearing- impaired, but nothing that was purely recreational.”


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