Wandering through the sea of people and products, Sampson ended up in an empty corner of the Anaheim Convention Center where he locked eyes with a man at a booth who looked like he’d been waiting a long time to talk to someone.
“Hello,” David says, mostly out of friendly courtesy.
“Hey man, do you know what a tactile transducer is?,” the gentleman bellowed with a smile.
“No,” David replied.
“A tactile transducer is like a speaker,” the man continued. “But instead of pushing sound through the air like a speaker does, a transducer sends sound vibrations directly into a surface that you can feel within your body…Here, try it.”
“What I felt when that man instructed me to stand on a two-foot-square piece of wood–when he sent the signal through the system–changed my life and my relationship to music forever. It was my eureka moment. It felt amazing and I immediately thought of the potential as a therapeutic device,” Sampson says. “It actually reminded me of a colored light healing apparatus I had seen in my grandfather’s office.”
Inspired to explore the connection of sound and transducers, David returned home and began experimenting.