Soundscape makes navigation easier for vision impaired people

Kids use Soundscape to navigate city streets.

Microsoft is working on Soundscape, an app that makes it easier for vision impaired people to get around. “Soundscape is a research project that explores the use of innovative audio-based technology to enable people, particularly those with blindness or low vision, to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered to get around. Unlike step-by-step navigation apps, Soundscape uses 3D audio cues to enrich ambient awareness and provide a new way to relate to the environment. It allows you to build a mental map and make personal route choices while being more comfortable within unfamiliar spaces.” Learn more about it at Microsoft.