This study presents a new design of a wearable vibrotactile device — a tactile sleeve consisting of three voice coil actuators (Model: Lofelt L5). The device was made within an R&D project aimed at developing a wearable for enhancing the music perception of cochlear implant recipients. The aim is to provide tactile stimulation in addition to the cochlear implant stimulation — generating an audio-tactile music experience. We also present the results of an experiment performed to investigate whether the sleeve can be used to identify songs from tactile stimulation and investigate the effects of different encodings. Five short music segments were used, and the tactile stimulation provided by each voice coil actuator conveyed song information (Bass or drum). Participants had intact hearing. At the beginning of the experiment, the participants listened to one song via headphones. Afterward, they were presented with various tactile encodings of the songs in random order. Their task was to identify the encoding of the song that was played. In this experiment, an investigation of the best combination of information from the bass versus drums was conducted. The results confirm that the sleeve can provide tactile stimulation that can be used to identify songs without audio. The results also provide insights into which encodings are most useful for conveying music.

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