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Natural sense of vision through acoustics and haptics

Objective

Sound of Vision (Vision restoration through sound and haptics) will design, implement and validate an original non-invasive hardware and software system to assist visually impaired people by creating and conveying an auditory representation of the surrounding environment. This representation will be created, updated and delivered to a blind person continuously and in real time. This system will help visually impaired people in any kind of environment (indoor/outdoor), without the need for predefined tags/sensors located in the surroundings.

The process of assisting visually impaired people proposed by Sound of Vision consists of a series of repetitive steps. The first step uses hardware and software for generating a 3D representation of the surrounding environment. In the second step, objects are identified within the 3D model and the information is then transformed into 3D sound and haptics sources. In the last step, all the 3D sound and haptics sources are combined and conveyed to the user, using specialized wearable hardware and algorithms.

A functional prototype will be developed, followed by experimental validations and subsequent improvements, according to the feedback provided by visually impaired people, training specialists and neurologists. The product thus obtained will be sold as a hardware and software system, as well as some training courses that will help blind people use the system.

The consortium has the necessary complementary competences to design and develop the proposed system, to test the prototype, establish training protocols and also to commercialize the system as an intuitive and accessible final product.

Sound of Vision is a concept that goes beyond the state of the art of the visual sensory substitution systems, having the potential to become an affordable commercial product that will actually help blind people. This system can have an impressive social impact, improving the lifestyle of blind people, and also of their families and friends, on which they would otherwise depend.

Free keywords (updated):
Visual impairments; brain-computer interface (BCI); Neuroplasticity; Psychophysics; audio/video processing; wearable assistive devices; sonification; sound localization; haptic space perception.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/public transport
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/system software
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /humanities/arts/architectural design
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/phonetics

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

HASKOLI ISLANDS
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Iceland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 336 898,25

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 705 400
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313 Sect 6
060042 Bucharest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SZECHENYI ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 149 625
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
9026 Gyor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 383 518,75
Address
Via Chisola 5
10126 Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA GHEORGHE ASACHI DIN IASI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 424 709,50
Address
B Dul Dimitru Mangeron 67
700050 Iasi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BJONUSTU-OG BEKKINGARMIOSTOO FYRIRBLINDA SJONSKERTA OG DAUFBLINDA EINSTAKLINGA
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 197 832,50
Address
Hamrahlid 17
105 Reykjavik
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INFO WORLD SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 269 118,75
Address
Strada Intrarea Glucozei 37-39
023828 Bucuresti Sector 2
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECHNIKA LODZKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 352 906,25
Address
Ulica Zeromskiego 116
90 924 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACJA INSTYTUT ROZWOJU REGIONALNEGO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 140 700
Address
Ulica Jozefa Wybickiego 3 A
31-261 Krakow
Activity type
Research Organisations