Seeing Daredevil-Style

By Deane Barker on October 14, 2003

Blind ‘see with sound’: This may sound far-fetched, but after only one week, the test subject can recognize doors and walls and tell a CD from floppy. The whole set-up is only $2,500.

“Developed by Dr Peter Meijer, a senior scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in the Netherlands, the system is called The vOICe (the three middle letters standing for ‘Oh I See’).

It works by translating images from a camera on-the-fly into highly complex soundscapes, which are then transmitted to the user over headphones.”