The Sounds of Science #02

SEEING WITH SOUND

In this episode I take a listen to the vOICe technology which has been developed to help the blind ‘see’ with sound.

I’m joined by Dr Michael Proulx of Queen Mary University London who is currently using the vOICe technology to understand how different sense modalities interact to give rise to perception.  Dr Proulx tells me how the vOICe technology can be used to induce a type of ‘synthetic vision’ and how this is achieved through the process of ‘sensory substitution’.

To find out more about how the software creates sound from visual information we put it to the test with the use of several interesting images (below).

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So if you ever wanted to know what a banana or even a goat might ‘sound’ like you’ve come to the right place!

You can download the episode here (right click ‘save target as’ to download)

Or listen to this feature within episode 078 of Short Science.

For further information on the vOICe technology, visit: www.seeingwithsound.com

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