Enhanced Glasses Allow The Deaf To See Visualizations Of Sounds

Hopefully additional synesthetic devices such as smell-o-vision spectacles are in the pipeline as well. New Scientist writes:

If you can hear, you probably take sound for granted. Without thinking, we swing our attention in the direction of a loud or unexpected sound – the honk of a car horn, say.

Because deaf people lack access to such potentially life-saving cues, a group of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon built a pair of glasses which allows the wearer to “see” when a loud sound is made, and gives an indication of where it came from.

An array of seven microphones, mounted on the frame of the glasses, pinpoints the location of such sounds and relays that directional information to the wearer through a set of LEDs embedded inside the frame. The glasses will only flash alerts on sounds louder than a threshold level, which is defined by the wearer.

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  • Jesus Borg

    Well, this is cool. For a while now the blind have had braille on drive through ATM’s so its good to see the deaf finally getting something…

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    This is actually pretty cool.

  • Andrew

    Imagine if we invested more money into helping the disabled. If the Korean’s can do it why can’t we? Take a couple million off the presidential race each year for something, oh I dont know, productive? 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

     > a pair of glasses which allows the wearer to “see” when a loud sound is made, and gives an indication of where it came from

    probably not much use to the deaf, given the cacophonous world we live in
    but probably a new toy for ravers

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YXLRISS3KQMQWTDHH35FYQ7FHA Kent

    as Lois replied I’m impressed that any one able to get paid $4656 in 1 month on the computer. have you seen this link

    http://www.LazyCash49.com

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