A sensory substitution device (SSD) strives to improve the quality of life for the visually impaired.
EyeMusic is a set of glasses that have a camera and headphones developed by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The camera scans the viewpoint for images, and translates those images into music for the blind. According to medGadget:
EyeMusic is a sensory substitution device (SSD) that converts visual input into audio output, and many have been attempted before… The trick for making a good SSD is in finding a mapping from visuals to sound that makes it easy to interpret what one is hearing.
For EyeMusic, each color is given a corresponding musical instrument; it also leverages musical scales to convey visual data. The device will hopefully be able to be used to help the blind perform tasks like shopping at the grocery store.
Sample some of the sounds for yourself by clicking here.
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