Synaesthesia has a very practical use for one Dutch engineer.

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.

This unique adaptation for the blind has now found the perfect home on Android with an additional system called EyeMusic. Though the system is at its most helpful when used with a head-mounted camera, allowing subjects to navigate around a room on sound cues alone, the phone-based system holds its own possibilities.

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