Charles Mathews, Ralph, London. discussed on BBC World Service

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London. So what the hectic battle provides is this missing piece in the jigsaw. It's an opportunity for them to. Literally feel the beat and particularly and most importantly the space between the beat. So they are getting if you like exactly the same information as someone who cited, and that's a massive matters a seismic paradigm shift. Charles believes the baton and the sensors have the potential to open up a brave new world of musical possibilities. Being able to see the conductor and follow their direction has traditionally been seen as crucial for musicians to be able to play in an orchestra. But now the haptic baton paired with the arm or leg bands allows musicians to receive a conductor's instructions in a completely different way through physical vibrations rather than visual signals. Ultimately, this will also allow blind musicians to experience playing with dozens of other people an experience that is utterly. Unlike playing alone. The man behind the haptic baton is a German American inventor named broth gal har-, the idea was the conductors beep would be translated into a buzz. And that the buzz would be felt by the musician wearing a little device on their arms or wherever. And so the idea was that the movements of the conductors design to influence the evolution of a sound actually created the sound was transmitted to the musicians, and they didn't hear it. They felt it for Harkin motto CNN, also a musician and inventor is Ralph's son as a duo known as human instruments, Ralph and can have been designing musical devices for disabled people for several years now. Well, initially Roth my father made the first prototype of the first advice, which we beat buzz, and that was a limited very effective prose type that you could live a vibrator on another end with bus with a distance of a few meters by radio. But it didn't have any expression. And so together we formulated what we thought was a good approach to make it better. And I very quickly got in touch with some different programmers to try and find out who thought which method was the best thing. How to go about doing it? And Charles Mathews has one person that received my call our Email and actually over the next two days without telling me built the first version before bringing the haptic Battaan kit to Bristol, the Hawkin has been working intensively with coder Charles Mathews to perfect the equipment troubleshoot. We're find the code and even rewire everything from top to bottom soldering electronics nonstop for the last two months for this project, basically becoming human assembly line. Actually. Yeah. I've been I've been a one man assembly line for the last three weeks pretty hardcore wake up ten to three D printer on the prince going go to the next thing that needs to be printed. Make sure that designers right, then I'm cutting cables to link repeating it making sure it's right. The first time, then repeat twelve times. Ball thirty six times of his three cables. Stripping the cables, making sure that each one got the right? Chris plug. Five.

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