3D Soundscape for the Visually Impaired

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This week Microsoft and London-based urban innovation research firm Future Cities Catapult released the first installment of their Cities Unlocked program, which aims to make urban areas more accessible for the visually impaired. The specially designed headset creates a 3D soundscape for the wearer, giving environmental and organizational information via jaw bone contact vibration. If a user is headed to a particular store and the destination is behind them, the sound feedback will come from what seems to be behind them. The program promises to make urban lives of the visually impaired more independent and fulfilling.