If you’ve ever stood close enough to the speakers at a loud concert, you know that you can actually feel the low bass notes vibrating through your body. This immersive sensation is exactly what the Woojer team have recreated with the Woojer Edge series. The wearable strap and vest are designed to enhance the experience of listening to music, gaming, or watching a movie by allowing you to feel sound.
“You know that oomph you feel in your body? That energy pulsing into your bones? That’s what Woojer feels like. It gives you everything that your headphones simply can’t,” say the team behind the designs. The product was recently launched on Kickstarter, and with just a week to go before the campaign ends, it’s already received almost 10,000 backers who have together pledged over 1 million Euros (about $1.1 million), surpassing the €18,253 ($20,050) goal by a landslide. It’s no surprise that the product has received so much support—there’s nothing quite like the incredible Woojer Edge series on the market.
So, how does it work? Using haptic technology, the Woojer team has developed an “Oscillating Frame” that accurately reproduces frequencies up to 500Hz—including subsonic frequencies that are below the threshold of the human ear (1-20Hz)—as physical vibrations. “The frictionless motion guarantees precise harmonic reproduction and reduces distortion,” explain Woojer. “It's the perfect combination of tactile sensation, size, weight, and power consumption.”
The Woojer team wanted to make sure users could experience feeling sound in a variety of ways, so they created two models: the Strap Edge and the Vest Edge. “We’ve rigged this series with CSR APTX low-latency Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and Texas Instruments built in analog headphone amplifier,” say the designers. “We played around a bit with the arrangement of the transducers, improved the Osci, and kept the incredible sensation to ensure that the Woojer Edge Series is for everybody.”
Perfect for listening to music or working out, the Strap Edge is designed to be worn on the go, around your hips, on your chest, or cross-body. The Vest Edge covers the wearer’s torso, providing an even more powerful experience. “The Vest Edge gives you 360 degrees of immersion, delivering accurate and detailed sensations that’ll raise your pulse,” say Woojer. “It’s got out-of-the-box stereo haptics, and is the perfect companion for at-home gaming and VR. If you’re a music pro, this’ll pump the low-frequencies through your body as it engages you in a unique and mesmerizing audio experience.”
You can find out even more about the Woojer Edge project—as well as support and get your own—on Kickstarter.