Sonification technology is letting a blind photographer take holiday snaps with sound, and even hear images of Pluto.
via New Scientist:
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Imagine taking photographs you can hear – thanks to sonification technology that translates the visual world into sound.
Pranav Lal, a cybersecurity expert from Delhi, India, was born blind and he’s been using technology called the vOICe to take holiday snaps, most recently while trekking in the Himalayas.
The technology was designed to help people who are visually impaired navigate the world. But Lal frequently uses it for photography where he picks out the most pleasant sounding composition. “Scenes with varied elements sound interesting, for example, a bridge with lots of cables or a bright natural setting with streams and rocks,” he says. “It’s like an image orchestra.”
The vOICe transmits an image from a camera to computer software to be turned into sound. In Lal’s case, the camera part was a smartphone upgraded with a fisheye lens strapped to a sports headband.