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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage

Coordinator

HASKOLI ISLANDS
Net EU contribution
€ 1 336 898,25
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Iceland

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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 705 400,00
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313 Sect 6
060042 Bucharest

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Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SZECHENYI ISTVAN EGYETEM
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 149 625,00
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
9026 Gyor

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Dunántúl Nyugat-Dunántúl Győr-Moson-Sopron
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 383 518,75
Address
Via Chisola 5
10126 Torino

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA GHEORGHE ASACHI DIN IASI
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 424 709,50
Address
B Dul Dimitru Mangeron 67
700050 Iasi

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Macroregiunea Doi Nord-Est Iaşi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BJONUSTU-OG BEKKINGARMIOSTOO FYRIRBLINDA SJONSKERTA OG DAUFBLINDA EINSTAKLINGA
Iceland
Net EU contribution
€ 197 832,50
Address
Hamrahlid 17
105 Reykjavik

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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INFO WORLD SRL
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 269 118,75
Address
Strada Intrarea Glucozei 37-39
023828 Bucuresti Sector 2

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Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
POLITECHNIKA LODZKA
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 352 906,25
Address
Ulica Zeromskiego 116
90 924 Lodz

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Makroregion centralny Łódzkie Miasto Łódź
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
FUNDACJA INSTYTUT ROZWOJU REGIONALNEGO
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 140 700,00
Address
Ulica Jozefa Wybickiego 3 A
31-261 Krakow

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Makroregion południowy Małopolskie Miasto Kraków
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00