A Haptic Baton
A conductors baton that communicates to visually impaired players. The baton captures the speed, angle, attack and sway of the conductor’s hand in real time and beams it directly to all players wearing receiver bands. They feel the expression and timing of the conductor - just as if they were seeing the baton itself.
The Haptic Baton
A conductor’s baton has been created that allows the visually-impaired to follow its movements, opening up the potential for blind people to join more orchestras.
The ‘Haptic Baton’ contains sensors that pick up even slight motions. These are then transmitted via radio signals to vibrating devices attached to musicians’ wrists or ankles.
They vibrate and buzz in different ways to indicate to the player the pace and dynamics the conductor wants.
Violinist Abie Baker, who went blind as a child due to a cataract operation, said she was confident that with the device she could start playing her instrument at the same time as others.
“In the past we’ve been reliant on hearing sounds around us. So I’ve been playing in a violin section and I’ve been reliant on hearing the other musicians putting up their instruments and then guessing roughly when to come in,”