Students at schools for the deaf design their own sound experiences through Ontenna programming

Ontenna is a user interface that can be attached to the hair, earlobe or neck to feel the characteristics of sound through vibration and light. As of June 2021, Ontenna has been installed in more than 80% of schools for the deaf in Japan, and is used for speech and rhythm practice. In December 2020, we developed an environment where the color and intensity of Ontenna’s light and vibration can be programmed, and made it available free of charge to schools and educational institutions for the deaf. We aimed to improve the problem-solving ability of deaf school children by allowing them to program Ontenna to meet their daily challenges. In addition, we provided instruction manuals, class slides and worksheets for instructors to promote programming education.

Tags: User Interface, Inclusive Design, Programming Education, Deaf, Hearing Impaired,