Israeli Researcher Invents Devices Allowing Blind People to “See” Via Vibrations, Sounds

In Prof. Amir Amedi’s world-renowned Laboratory for Brain and Multisensory Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, people with vision impairment can “see” their environment with the aid of sensory substitution devices (SSDs) that provide visual information from sound and touch. Now, two of the lab’s groundbreaking inventions are being readied for the mass market. EyeCane, a flashlight-like orientation device, emits infrared rays to translate distance into auditory and tactile cues, enabling the user to sense objects within an adjustable range of up to five meters (16 feet). After brief training, EyeCane users can estimate distances, avoid obstacles, and successfully navigate in simple environments. EyeMusic is an app and mini-camera system that conveys colors, shapes, and location of objects by converting images into “soundscapes” for the brain to interpret visually.…


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