• First, an Android tablet catches sound. Then, an app tracks and feeds data to computer chips sewn into the vest. The device converts speech into vibrations.
  • The students are working on refinements, such as improving the device’s speed, under the direction of neuroscientist David Eagleman. He and Rice doctoral student Scott Novich are driving forces behind the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST). 
  • “Right now, we’re taking a sense that already exists, hearing and feeding it through the brain through touch,” Dougal said. “But, there’s also the possibility of feeding new senses to the brain so something like infrared vision (is possible).”

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