What does it do? The vOICe Learning Edition translates arbitrary video images from a regular PC camera into sounds. This means that you can see with your ears, whenever you want to. Now step beyond your computer screen and screen reader and try this camera-based "scene reader". With a notebook PC or netbook you can even go mobile. How well you can learn to see with your ears is something that only you can find out, but now you can indeed find out and learn through this Learning Edition software, for free! At the very least you may feel more connected to your visual environment. Apart from this it is hoped that seeing with sound will not only find many practical uses, but that extensive usage may also lead to visual experiences that truly have the distinctive subjective "feel" of vision. This, however, remains to be established through the reports of blind users. Maybe you will be among the pioneers?Blind user of The vOICe wearing video sunglasses
Is it an augmented reality game or a serious tool? It can be both, depending on what you want it to be. Some blind people wear it daily with a wearable setup to see/hear their environment as they go around, while other blind people (blind from birth) use it to experience for the very first time what vision is like, and thus learn more about vision through uncensored first-hand experience. Some late-blind people use it to refresh their memories of what things looked like. Still others use it to read charts, drawings or graphs.
How does it work? There are three simple rules in the general image to sound mapping of greyscale camera images, each rule dealing with one fundamental aspect of vision: rule 1 concerns left and right, rule 2 concerns up and down, and rule 3 concerns dark and light.
Pentium 300 MHz or better