Wearable bass system allows listeners to 'feel' music

A wearable sound system allows users to physically feel music, according to its developers.

BEVERLY HILLS/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nothing compares to the sensation of music reverberating through your body while dancing at a club.

Well - that's about to change.

The full body music experience can now be enjoyed anywhere, according to the makers of a wearable device called SubPac.

"It's a combination of proprietary tactile speaker components, membranes that spread the experience throughout your body and electronics that make sure the stuff and sound that goes through it is optimal," said Mr John Alexiou, President and Co-founder of Subpac. 

He added, "It's really meant to be a solution where any time you're hearing sound, whether you're in a music environment, a film environment, an auto environment, you're going to be physically immersed in that as well."

The company has raised more than US$6 million (S$8.25 million) in funding with heavy hitting backers from the both tech and music scene.

Star hip hop producer Timbaland has partnered in the company - he sees a market in people still wanting to "feel" the music, but not necessarily up for the loud club scene.

"It sounds great, but you're coming home with these headaches from these shows. And you notice the headache gets more intense or something starts to impair, you don't even know, you think it's something else. So this is going to save everybody's eardrums and still get the feeling of explosion," said Timbaland.

With two models priced at less than US$350, the company is hoping the technology will be as popular as the music that inspired it.