We have always believed in using technology to solve real problems. Our product was conceived during the design process of solving the problem of deaf dancers. These dancers were given wearables to feel and understand music through vibrations. The concept of converting sound waves into a vibration language led us to work on Blee, a wearable for the deaf and hard of hearing that notifies them about different sounds through the sense of touch.
Team Composition : The two co-founders are from industrial design background. We are currently looking to expand our engineering team.
Problem Area Addressed :
Blee wants to make this world better for the deaf community to create equal opportunities. The main impact of hearing loss is on the individual’s ability to communicate with others. People living with disabilities, including hearing loss, have a much higher unemployment rate. In addition to its individual effects, hearing loss affects social and economic development in communities and countries. In many scenarios, the deaf people miss out on many things, sometimes even emergency notifications just because they cannot react to sound. Blee becomes a listening companion notifying them about all the important events.
Solution offered :
Blee is a platform for deaf and hard of hearing individuals which helps them use wearable tech for making their lives simpler. In many scenarios, the deaf people miss out on many things, sometimes even emergency notifications just because they cannot react to sound.
Blee converts sound into vibrations and notifies them about the event, its direction, proximity etc. These are some applications where Blee supports its users.
1. Traffic Feedback: Blee can be used to receive traffic notifications. The honking sounds in the environment are recognized and alerts are given accordingly.
2. Music experience: We have developed a unique algorithm which converts music into vibrations. This enables deaf performers to synchronize and become more confident and independent.
3. Calling out: Catching a deaf person’s attention is not easy when he/she is looking away. Blee device keeps listening to the environment and if any frequency matches a preset voice sample, it will notify the user.
The same technology can be used for fire alarms, doorbell, baby monitoring etc.
Market Traction : We are at a MVP stage and have our prototypes distributed in the deaf community for feedback.