David Trahan, a Sr. strategist for global digital marketing, thinks new technology like Google Glass and the Disney Mic has the potential to be life-changing for some hearing inpaired people. (Ole Spata/AFP/Getty Images)
Human beings have always communicated through touch -- but Disney's found a way to actually send speech through fingertips.
When the Vogons from the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" speak to humans, they turn everything on earth into a PA system. Now earthlings may be ready to surpass Vogon tech.
Disney Research scientists have created a microphone they say works by transmitting sound directly into the ear -- through touch.
"Ishin-Den-Shin is a microphone that transmits sound through touch. The microphone records the signal, the sound is transformed into an inaudible signal and that is transmitted to the person's body when holding the microphone. When touching another person's ear a modulated electro-static attraction force is created and both the finger and the ear together form a speaker. The recording becomes audible for the person touched, like the finger would be whispering into the person's ear. Secrets, messages and whispers can be transmitted from person to person with different contacts. The body becomes a broadcasting source for the recording."Yuri Suzuki, Sound Artist/Designer and co-inventor of the Ishin-Den-Shin microphone
The Ishin-Den-Shin microphone isn't the only technology that uses the human body to conduct sound. Google Glass does something similar. And for the hearing impaired -- these innovations have fascinating possibilities.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Kristin Nelson.