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Wear is an affordable, attractive, lightweight wearable assistive directional microphone designed to improve quality of hearing.
Wear is an affordable, attractive, lightweight wearable assistive directional microphone designed to improve quality of hearing.
Wear is an affordable, attractive, lightweight wearable assistive directional microphone designed to improve quality of hearing.
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 Directionality Demonstration using Wear

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  User Testimonial

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 Above is an audio sample recorded in a noisy atmosphere with the Wear Directional Microphone.

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Below is the same conversation recorded with a conventional handheld microphone.

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Wear is an assistive listening device designed to improve quality of life for people with hearing loss. Wear is a high fidelity directional analog microphone that is significantly lower in price than existing hearing aids. This microphone can be used with any pair of headphones, has a volume control, is rechargeable, and comfortable to wear.

red metal case
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limited edition wood/metal case
Surface mount Wear
Surface mount Wear
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Our Development Process

We've been developing this technology in our Brooklyn Studio for the past two years.  Wear incorporates a low profile micro-miniature, patent pending, directional microphone technology that creates a 6 foot zone which captures, focuses and clarifies conversations in noisy environments, while reducing the effects of extraneous noise. 

Latency (delay) imposed by digital signal processing is detrimental to the hearing impaired due to lip sync (lip reading) difficulties. For that reason we used an analog circuit design with no measurable latency. We incorporate a technology using a beam-forming array of 10 microphones that create a circular 6 foot zone. Acoustic waves generated in that zone (coherent) reach the microphones at the same time so they are amplified. Sounds from further away (non coherent) reach the microphones at different times are not amplified. This creates a near field to far field signal level difference of 10 to 11 db. That 10 db level difference improves the intelligibility of near field conversation. Our research over the past two years has allowed us to reduce the size of beam forming arrays to unprecedented small form factors in a lightweight package using low power. All of this is done without digital signal processing while maintaining hi fidelity sound quality so that the directional microphone can also be used for general recording applications as well as an assistive hearing appliance.

Wear is not a replacement for a hearing aid.  Wear is designed to be used when an individual is interested in having a quality conversation in very noisy environments like family get togethers, restaurants or meetings. Wear can also be used as a commentators microphone eliminating the need to hold a microphone during an interview and other high quality audio recording applications.

Version 1 Through-hole Wear in an Altoids Tin
Version 1 Through-hole Wear in an Altoids Tin

 Press releases:

http://typewell.com/blog/posts/wear-it-s-at-typewell-transcriber-develops-new-assistive-device

Risks and challenges

Guarantee

Defective parts will be on us, but improper usage of Wear will not be covered.

Manufacturing plan

We will take 6 months to complete the engineering and design for the case of the microphone and charger.  We will source all the materials required for production and begin to make first run samples using vendors and production houses in the USA. We anticipate that all manufacturing will be in the USA.  

Testing Plan

We are planning to use our already completed pre-production prototypes to conduct testing on individuals with various levels of hearing loss in order to fine tune the functionality and maximize performance of our directional microphone, Wear.

Future plans

Once the roll out of Wear is successful, we plan to identify, design and fabricate other low cost products to help people improve quality of life. We are currently developing our next version of the directional microphone. Our goal is to create a wireless version of the Wear with the option of bone conduction headphones.

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FAQ

  • The kit version does not come with a case. You supply the case.

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  • Yes there is a volume control. It is not included in the photos since we will add the knob for the volume control in the final case design.

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  • The microphone will work under a shirt or jacket but not as well and you might pick up the sound of the fabric rubbing against the microphones.

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  • The W ear will not record but it can be used as a microphone that can be plugged into a recorder like a Zoom. We recorded the kickstarter video using the W ear plugged into a Zoom recorder. Listening to the sound on the kickstarter video will give an idea of the quality of the microphone.

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  • W ear is 2 inches in diameter by 1/4" deep. It weighs 1oz (28grams) including the battery.

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    Wear Kit --
    Make your very own Wear through-hole directional microphone.
    Wear Version I is bigger in diameter, but has the same quality as the surface mount Wear Version 2.
    We'll give you a through-hole PCB board, parts, and instructions to make your own directional microphone.

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    2 Wear Kits -- Make your very own Wear through-hole directional microphone. Wear Version I is bigger in diameter, but has the same quality as the surface mount Wear Version 2. We'll give you two through-hole PCB boards, 2 sets of parts, and instructions to make two of your own directional microphones.

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    Early bird pricing of the fully assembled Wear directional microphone. You will receive a fully assembled Wear device with earbuds, recharging unit and original case design. Choose between red, white or black metal case.

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    You will receive a fully assembled Wear directional microphone including earbuds and recharging unit with the new metal case design.

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    Wear directional microphone and a kit -- You will receive a fully assembled Wear directional microphone including earbuds and recharging unit with the new metal case design AND one Wear Kit -- Make your very own Wear through-hole directional microphone. Wear Version I is bigger in diameter, but has the same quality as the surface mount Wear Version 2. We'll give you a through-hole PCB board, parts, and instructions to make your own directional microphone.

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    You will receive our custom designed walnut and aluminum limited edition Wear with earbuds and recharging unit.

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    You will receive two fully assembled Wear directional microphones with two pair of earbuds and two recharging units in the new metal case design.

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