A vision of sounds for the visually-impaired

The idea of sensory compensation is a long-standing source of inspiration for both mythology and scientific studies

Now, a technology called ‘Sound of Vision’ combines sensors with sound and tactile feedback to help visually-impaired people. Composed of 3D cameras and inertial sensors, the device processes data from surrounding objects and feeds it back to the user in the form of spatial sounds and vibration from a wearable belt. “Our system can identify and warn the user about potential collisions or falls, suggest best free paths, and even scan for and read texts,” says Prof. Rúnar Unnþórsson from the University of Iceland. The user is provided with clear, naturalistic visual-to-audio and tactile metaphors, making Sound of Vision an invaluably helpful tool in otherwise highly stressful and unsecure environments.

- European Commission.en -

2. 10. 2017