New invention translates video images into sound allowing blind people to "see."
This Sensory Substitution Device uses a video camera to gather data and then converts this data into sound. With a little practice, blind people can identify objects, and even read words.
The invention is from Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Dr. Amir Amedi. He says that with only a little practice, a user can learn to interpret a lot of information the "soundscapes" created by the computer's interpretation of the video images ... [read more]
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