November 10, 2014
Specifically, Microsoft is working on 3D audio technology, trying to figure out how it could help the blind.
The technology used consists of bone conduction headphones that, once placed around the user’s head, would transmit the sound through the bones of the skull. In this way, users would remain in contact with the outside, instead of isolating themselves with traditional headphones, being able to listen to what is happening around them at all times.
The objective of the project is to help these people to better orient themselves and increase their safety, for which, these headphones would work thanks to a network of iBeacons that communicate with the user’s smartphone wirelessly. In this way, the user will be able to listen to verbal navigation instructions at all times, such as the time remaining to reach a crossing or a zebra crossing, as well as information on public transport or even tourist information.
via Microsoft is working on 3D audio technology to help blind people get around town.
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