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PROTOTYPE------3D Soundscape Technology is designed for use by individuals who are blind and have low vision during naviation of an urban environment. The assistive technology relies on three components: a smartphone, a bone conductive headset that rests over the users ears (see image at top), and Bluetooth beacons placed throughout the city or suburb.
As the user walks around, the headset provides a clicking noise that guides the user in the right direction. The beacons generate the directional information for the clicks. At the same time, the smartphone is piping turn-by-turn directions and other information such as transit schedules and nearby places of interest into the headset. Since the headset doesn't plug up the user's ears, the visually impaired can still rely on their sense of hearing to speak with others and monitor the sounds of their environment.
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