For When Earth’s on Mute

You know it happens sometimes. Someone gets a remote like in those sci-fi movies or Adam Sandler walks by and boom, you can’t hear a thing! It’s crap! So what do you do? You get ahold of Dan Carrillo. That guy will hook you up with a combo that cannot be beat for the sound-impared. The “Emmerse” system uses glasses, a wristband, and an itsy-bitsy clampable keyboard. Speak or see, type or view.

The glasses are where half of the magic happens. In them, you can see text of the person you’re conversing with, complete with tone (like if they’re totally pissed), and icons. The icons you see in the first picture below are these icons. Don’t get hit by a bus!

Then the keyboard: it’s like one of those click-bracelets that were hot fashion for kids in the 1990’s. On this you can type in what you’d like to say and it’ll be spoken aloud by the wristband in a voice derived from you, the user. Alternatively, the keyboard can display your text on it’s back, just incase you’re in the library.

I wish it also had sensors so I could target enemies and one extra accessory missile launcher that I could mount to the back of a truck.

Designer: Dan Carrillo

Emmerse by Dan Carrillo




  • ryan. says:

    I’m glad that so many of the commentators out there have anything resembling constructive feedback! If you don’t have the imagination to handle the design that’s one thing, but ignorance that’s another.

  • kps9727 says:

    This is an interesting idea. The processing power to make it a reality exists, but not in such a small package. Also, powering it will be another technical hurdle. We may see things like this become true in another 10-20 years.

    Additionally, you will have to overcome hostility from the deaf community, who don’t consider themselves as “broken” and tend to avoid devices that try to “fix” them.

  • dan carrillo says:

    Kps9727: Let me just say first off that I do not consider the deaf community “broken.” So lets restate your argument with a man that looses his legs. Now then if I design a wheel chair for him, is that a way in which I am trying to “fix” him? I do not see that as the case.

    Also I have worked with, and observed people who are deaf in order to come up with the concept. The fact that there is a disconnect between the device using glasses and it being for the deaf is not coincidence. One of the issues was that hearing aids attracted attention one’s disability, while a person who walks by you with glasses and a wrist band would not do so.

    As for the size vs what needs to go in it, there are new technologies used which allow it. There are now pc boards which are not only flexible, but can have some of the components printed right on the board. Also the use of nano carbon flat batteries (from companies like NEC) help with size and weight. Also by using a soft inner material like silicone, with the flexible pc board, airspace can be reduced because of the parts being able to flex, compress, and stretch to fit the assembly. Now then Micro bluetooth would be used to communicate between devices, and finally if you consider cell phones like the Motorola Razor, which does basically everything this concept does in much the same space or less, I believe that the proportions are well suited.
    The video processing that the glasses have to accomplish is not much, just text and 2D single color icons. also the display does not need the 64 million colors etc. normal displays are able to put out. Phones now also have basic voice commands, or voice recognition, for the phone to dial a number being hands free. I hope this answers your questions.

    Ryan: Thank you.

  • dan carrillo says:

    Oh, by inner material of silicone, I mean the outside of the glasses would be 1/2 plastic and 1/2 silicone (or rubber). By inner material I meant the part of the glasses, etc. that touches the user’s face (gray).

  • dan carrillo says:

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    Thank You.

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