Waveform is a haptic wearable that enables more immersive experiences with audio.

Music by Kyle Hamm

Haptic engines create physical vibrations that match audio frequencies. This means you can feel bass in your chest as if you were at a concert, or even experience frequencies that can't be heard.
Waveform brings the sense of touch to audio.
I was inspired by the potential of a new emerging product category of haptic wearables, but the current product offering is lacking.
Opportunity : 
Set the standard for a new product category of Haptic Wearables.
Design Priorities
Smallest size with the biggest impact
Built for any shaped body
UI accessible but not in the way
Immersive but not suffocating
Functional Requirements
Extensive research, consultations with audio technicians, and tear-downs of audio equipment informed technical requirements and reasonable size restrictions.
Haptic Motor Placement
Functional prototypes allowed for insights on the most comfortable and effective placement of haptic motors. It was found that vibrations felt the most natural and potent when placed on the front and back of the chest. 
Refining Details
A large percentage of iteration took place in Blender. This allowed me import many 3D scans of different body types and construct the shape of the product around them.
A Skipping Stone
Waveform's shape was inspired by the moment a stone skips across the water's surface. In this moment it shares a gentle interaction with the water's surface, sending out rhythmic patterns.
A Firm Hold
Spring loaded arms have tension like headphone straps to hold the points of vibration against the body with subtle pressure. This means that putting on and taking off is effortless and can be done with just one hand.
Shaped for Everyone
Arms slide along a rail to adjust the height placement of the haptic motors on the chest.
A gooseneck mechanism where the arms meet the back allow for lateral adjustment.
Waveform's shape was built from 3D scans of many different body types. The haptic motor contact areas are shaped to conform comfortably to the body.
No-Look Interface
Every element of the interface is tactile and can be navigated without needing to look, so you won't have to remove your VR headset to get going.
Flexible for any connection configuration.
If you choose a wired connection, you can keep wires under control the with movable wire clip.
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