Audio Goggles for blind people

They can give freedom and independence. An attendant is not needed anymore.

They allow moving around on your own, find way in the city, do shopping, inside the buildings and at the transport hubs.

With help of vOICe vision Goggles you can identify objects way before they can be touched with the cane.

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An interesting and fulfilling life
is available for the blind person

This statement sounds doubtful, though it is a fact proved by one of our customer's - Vadim Artsev's story.

Who is he?

After the injury he became visually impaired. And he is a bachata dancer, a drummer in the band and a certified massage therapist.

He is 22 years old, and self-development has the highest quality in his life. He does not feel disabled or weak, and despite his impairment he is in search for the new possibilities to fulfill his creative power, become successful and enjoy life available to other people.

How can possibly a blind person be so active and move around the city with such freedom? Most visually impaired people are dependent on the schedule of their assistants, who usually help to move around.

Independence and autonomy

The major problem of blind people lies in moving outside. This environment is usually unpredictable and endangers life and health.

Vadim has been using vOICe vision for two years now. The device helps him find way on the streets, go to work, attend activities that interest him, go out with friends, participate in the competitions.

Vadim moves confidently everywhere including the subway with help of vOICe vision device and the cane. Combined, they strongly enhance a person’s potential to orientate, and enables the ability to read signs. With help of vOICe vision, Vadim became more sensitive to the obstacles and started feeling more confident being without an attendant.

Using the vOICe device any blind person can feel more confident traveling around. All you need is willingness to learn, persistence in training and some faith in yourself.

vOICe vision helps blind people to learn the seeing with sound technique, live their own comfortable life and feel the space as other people do. This is an additional degree of freedom and independence for people facing disabilities.

Traditional solutions for the blind people movement

WHITE CANE

An attribute of a blind person. It helps to navigate in space, independently estimate distance to objects and move outside.

It functions as:
- a buffer, which prevents collisions,
- a source of sound, which warns about barriers ahead,
- a sign for drivers about a blind person in front of them.

ULTRASONIC FLASHLIGHTS

These devices are designed to detect obstacles on a blind person’s way. Their main feature is to detect the obstacles, which appear on the level of head and chest.

Information about the object is transmitted via vibration or sound impulses.

IMPLANTS

An eye implant is a prothesis which is set into the retina, which delegates functioning of injured retina cells to the electronics.

This kind of surgery is expensive, and it can guarantee only partial recovery of vision. There are restrictions applied, and complications may occur.

The alternative solution

Today science and medicine has not yet found the way to give vision for the congenitally-blind person or to recover it after an injury.

But there is a way to teach a blind person’s brain to perceive objects via sound.

A Dutch engineer Peter Meijer, a former staff member of the Philips corporation research department developed an algorithm of the sensory substitution of vision through sound. The device gives an sound image with up to several thousand pixels resolution, without dependence on the eye ailments condition and without any surgery needed.

Peter Meijer

Peter Meijer, Netherlands.
Inventor of The vOICe algorithm, researcher of mobile and computer vision technologies, brain-computer interfaces, breakthrough technologies in the field of healthcare. Holder of patents and numerous publications. For many years he has been improving The vOICe software, consults, and shares his vast experience with the vOICe vision team. Popularizer of vOICe sensory substitution technology worldwide. Our honorary advisor and expert.
Learn more about The vOICe and Peter Meijer at seeingwithsound.com

How does it work?

A sound vision gogglesthe device with installed camera and bone conduction earphones. It helps to feel space and objects through the sound signal received as a result of encoding image from the camera. It doesn't block ears and therefore do not disturb the echolocation process.

Software An app transforms image into the sound which is perceived by the brain identically to the monochrome picture.

vOICe vision transmits sound with bone conduction headphones without blocking the ear canal or interfering with echolocation.

With help of vOICe vision any blind person can learn to perceive space through sound, move around without attendants, be socially active and independent.

Life activities that become accessible with vOICe vision technology

1

Autonomy

Free and autonomous orientation around the city is the ability most blind people would like to have access to.
Enhancing surroundings perception increases self-sufficiency and ensures movement around is safe.

2

Professional activity

Getting out of the box, overcoming limits, finding interesting ways to earn for living, developing talents… An inventor, an artist, a writer - all these professions become real.

3

Sports activity

Sport is always associated with overcoming yourself. It is a way to self-setting and an opportunity to prove your superiority. Use vOICe vision and keep moving forward! Don’t let other people control your life. You are the only person who knows what you are capable of.

4

Training activity

A new profession has appeared - a sound vision trainer. Who can teach this skill better than a blind person who already possesses it? Today the course which allows a person to learn sound vision skill in only 3 month already exists!

5

Creative fulfillment

A hobby and self realization. Things like latino dance and billiard game give us lots of life enjoyment, so why don’t we just keep doing what we like and become better at it?

6

Travelling

Blind people now travel even without sound vision, so imagine how many opportunities will open, when you are assured with safety and independence. With vOICe vision the fear of new places fades away because the common way of perception becomes substitute-visual.

vOICe vision Goggles

vOICe vision - Sound vision device transforms an image from the camera into the encoded sound, which can be perceived similarly to a monochrome image. The Goggles help a trained person to form inner image of space and objects around.

Device can also vocalize text on signs and numbers of buildings, automatically or by manual control. It has features to identify and announce: the object’s colors, barcodes, naming the common objects in front of the camera.

A set includes bone conduction earphones and removable battery. 12 hours on the single battery charge.

Learn how to see with sound

We provide training helping blind people to adapt to a vOICe vision techniques .
An online version of training is also available for the remote education.

We offer three options of courses:

vOICe vision goggles
and online course with a trainer

An online version of basic course “vOICe sound vision” also consists of two stages:
a) development of perception through interaction with objects b) development of orientation skill inside and outside the building.

A presence of the attendant is required. Access to online training platform for unattended practice sessions.

Duration: 24 classes, 60 minutes each (3 month)

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vOICe vision goggles
and full-time course with a trainer

A basic course “vOICe sound vision” consists of two stages: a) development of perception through interaction with objects and
b) development of orientation skill inside and outside the building.

The classes are held face-to-face with a trainer .

Duration: 24 classes, 90 minutes each (3 month)

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vOICe vision goggles
and individual training

The basic course “vOICe sound vision” is conducted in a mode of individual sessions with a trainer. Each student gets an individual training plan and the most efficient set of exercises.

Duration: 24 classes, 90 minutes each in client’s space, 3 month.

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Free online course “Introduction to vOICe vision”

Learning to perceive objects via sounds requires training. Our online platform was created to make this process comfortable and easy. Anyone can take a course Introduction to vOICe vision.

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Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions:

Yes, and you can make sure of it through watching these videos.

No, according to the users’ reports the sounds of vOICe vision don’t interrupt listening to the sounds in the space around. You can control the volume of the device, and thanks to bone-conduction earphones ear canals are not blocked and natural echolocation continues taking place.

We start teaching from 4 years of age.

Reviews

Islam

My inner skepticism had not been fading until the third class, when I started to clearly distinguish simple shapes and their location in space and related to each other. And today I have managed to walk through an alley without a white cane, independently, not even approaching its edges. One of the passerby asked if I am a terminator, but it does not matter, it makes process even funnier! Before I could only walk in a zigzag manner between round flower beds, not touching them. And even earlier I learned to recognize objects of different shape and colours, find them on the table and in the room and grab them from the first try.

Ruslan

It’s been about two month since I started to learn using this device, and now I would like to write a bit more about it. At first I did not understand how I am supposed to find objects but now...now I can easily orientate myself inside the building, take necessary objects from the table, and even go outside!
There are much more objects on streets and at first I was worrying how I would be able to learn to orient here? There are so many hidden obstacles such as road bumps, kerbs, high fences with small gate. However as they say everything comes with experience. I have already learned to bypass flower beds, fit in between two cars on a parking lot, and even find that sinister gate in the fence.

Nikolay

When I started using vOICe to walk around the street and inside the buildings I understood that with help of this technology I can perceive space through sound! moving around, I can feel that white cane and vOICe device complement each other. For example, I’ve had a situation lately: I walked along the pedestrian pass and suddenly there was a pole right in its centre! I managed to, let’s say, hear it and pass around. I have lots of such examples now. One more similar case is when I managed to notice a car in front of me, not touching it with the cane.

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