|Title||MUSIC LESSONS USING SOUNDLESS BEATS|
|Product / Service||PALM BEAT|
|Category||G01. Tangible Tech|
|Entrant||DENTSU INC. Tokyo, JAPAN|
|Idea Creation||DENTSU INC. Tokyo, JAPAN|
|PR||DENTSU PUBLIC RELATIONS Tokyo, JAPAN|
|Production||PYRAMID FILM QUADRA Tokyo, JAPAN|
|Production 2||GINGER DESIGN STUDIO Tokyo, JAPAN|
|Yasuharu Sasaki||DENTSU INC.||Executive Creative Director|
|Mitsushi Abe||DENTSU INC.||Creative Director|
|Ikumo Endo||DENTSU INC.||Art Director|
|Tomoyuki Ohe||DENTSU INC.||Copywriter|
|Nobuko Funaki||DENTSU INC.||Copywriter|
|Yukio Hashiguchi||DENTSU INC.||Copywriter|
|Kenta Nakagawa||DENTSU INC.||Copywriter|
|Yusuke Koyanagi||DENTSU INC.||Art Director|
|Erika Suto||DENTSU INC.||Art Director|
|Hirono Okumura||DENTSU INC.||Copywriter|
|Narumi Shida||DENTSU INC.||Art Director|
|Kosuke Hayashi||PYRAMID FILM QUADRA INC.||Producer|
|Hikaru Shiiki||PYRAMID FILM QUADRA INC.||Producer|
|Tatsuya Abe||PYRAMID FILM QUADRA INC.||Director|
|Fumika Kitamaru||PYRAMID FILM QUADRA INC.||Designer|
|Taikan Hoshino||Ginger Design Studio||Product Designer|
|Yohey Nemoto||DENTSU PUBLIC RELATIONS INC.||PR planner|
|Kenta Arai||DENTSU PUBLIC RELATIONS INC.||PR planner|
Approximately 15,800 Japanese children have a hearing impairment. In the past, music teachers have had some difficulty in properly communicating the concept of rhythm to hearing-impaired children. Every student hears in a different way and has differing levels of impairment, which means that one-on-one instruction is necessary. This requires a large investment in time. We have developed a device that helps children who hear in different ways to be simultaneously taught about rhythm, not through listening, but through sight and touch. Because it is able to communicate information in a tactile way, the device offers a new way of sharing information more accurately than is possible through a hearing aid. In this way, we hope to revolutionize the way music is taught at schools for hearing-impaired children.
We developed a device that enables rhythm to be conveyed not through the sense of hearing but through the combined senses of sight and touch. It includes a digital conductor's baton for the instructor and egg-shaped devices for the students which—following the rhythm generated as the instructor waves the baton—use vibration to provide direct feedback to the students in the palms of their hands. By transmitting rhythm via sense of touch, PalmBeat creates an entirely new way to share information on a level much more precise than via hearing aids.
We visited an actual school for the deaf and hearing-impaired and had thorough discussions about what was lacking and what kind of opportunities would allow the children to better enjoy music. Through this process, we succeeded in creating a product that really does meet the needs of those involved.
For one month, the students practiced a musical piece considered to be quite difficult by other classes, after which the school held an informal recital. Dozens of people attended the recital—the students' families included—and all participating classes sung beautifully, receiving rousing ovations from the audience.
Within the limited curriculum, students were able to learn a song they were previously unable to learn, and they performed the song in front of a large group of people. In addition, some of the users were able to learn to sing the songs even when not using the Palm Beat device. The aim of the device is to help hearing-impaired students learn the difficult concept of rhythm, and feedback showed that it fulfilled its purpose sufficiently.