Whilst wearables and watches continue to be hyped in the news but have yet to enthral in reality, a wearable with far more value has been field tested – using sound to help the visually-impaired to navigate cities


Microsoft UK has just issued a press release announcing a research project in collaboration with the Guide Dogs and Future Cities Catapult to enable visually-impaired people to navigate cities using sound. The project involves the use of a headset paired with a Windows phone to provide directions, both verbally and through vibration.

The following video provides a great introduction to the project:

To find out more, view the press release: Unlocking cities through sound – Microsoft News Centre UK, 5th November 2014

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