(thesis advisor)Louisa Campbell
(thesis advisor)David Carroll
(thesis advisor)Barbara Morris
(thesis advisor)Shih-wen Chen
May 10 2016
Singers with hearing loss may have trouble staying on pitch or determining pitch-correctness. Shine, as a mobile singing coaching app on iOS and Apple Watch, transcribes hearing into seeing and feeling to build singers’ confidence. Shine provides a real-time pitch visualization of user’s own voice and of a reference correct pitch (from a prior recording), for user to compare and adjust pitch instantly when practicing. Shine also offers a haptic metronome powered by Apple Watch — user can feel the beats in place of hearing/looking at the metronome. User’s last pitch history can also be displayed as a reminder on where inaccuracy may occur. It becomes easy for user to evaluate their effort and track their progress, with which user can develop confidence and feel secure while singing. The overall goal of Shine is to pose as a supporting tool during singers’ practicing, and with Shine, singers with hearing loss will eventually be able to support themselves without relying on other singers during practices. I believe everyone has the potential to shine on the stage, if they find a right way to go. I envision it is their shine that defines these singers, not their hearing loss.
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