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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.
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Coordinator

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Address

Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik

Iceland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 336 898,25

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 705 400

SZECHENYI ISTVAN UNIVERSITY

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 149 625

ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 383 518,75

UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA GHEORGHE ASACHI DIN IASI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 424 709,50

BJONUSTU-OG BEKKINGARMIOSTOO FYRIRBLINDA SJONSKERTA OG DAUFBLINDA EINSTAKLINGA

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 197 832,50

INFO WORLD SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 269 118,75

POLITECHNIKA LODZKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 352 906,25

FUNDACJA INSTYTUT ROZWOJU REGIONALNEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 140 700

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 643636

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 960 709

  • EU contribution

    € 3 960 709

Coordinated by:

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

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