(NOTE: If you do not immediately hear a voice saying “Welcome to EarSighted”, you may need to
install the latest version of Adobe Flash by clicking here. Visually impaired visitors may wish to
follow this link to expand the EarSighted app to its maximum size. Doing so may help you to click
on the app, which is necessary for it to begin.)
This application, called EarSighted, is based on “The vOICe”, a visual to auditory sensory substitution system created by Peter Meijer. Using The vOICe, blind and visually impaired users have been able to experience a kind of “sight” through their ears.

Unfortunately, learning to use The vOICe can be difficult. Many psychologists assert that “there is no perception without action”, and users have limited interaction with The vOICe. (One interaction per second.) We have created EarSighted in the hope that providing users with a way of interacting in real time will both make “seeing with sound” easier to learn, and more like true sensory perception.

This web version of EarSighted is a proof of concept. Since our goal is to maximize interaction, we are now working on versions of EarSighted for touch devices that run iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android. By touching the screen with two fingers, users will be able to “see” what is between their two fingertips.

We hope that you enjoy EarSighted! If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

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