Frank Russo wants to help deaf people hear. He and his team at the SMART (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology) Lab at Ryerson University have developed the Emoti-Chair, which translates music into tactile sensations. A deaf person sitting in the chair shows similar brain patterns to a person with hearing who listens to music.
His work certainly qualifies as fitting the theme What in the World?
Russo is the latest addition to our TEDx Conference and I'm dying to hear him delve into the relationship between Mind, Music and Technology. We're hoping he can have his Emoti-Chair on display there too.