Shapes Translated Into Sounds Help The Blind See

Shapes Translated Into Sounds Help The Blind See
technology

Synaesthesia has a very practical use for one Dutch engineer.

Rachel Pincus
  • 12 march 2014


We often think of sight and sound as two separate sensations. Though we perceive them simultaneously, it seems strange to try to relate these two important features of how we perceive the natural world. But that’s exactly what Dutch engineer Peter Meijer did in 1992 with vOICe, a groundbreaking system that converts shapes and patterns into musical notes and pitches.

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