30 Nov '12, 4pm

Really cool! Researchers at Hebrew University developing sonar system that could enable congenitally blind to "see".

Really cool! Researchers at Hebrew University developing sonar system that could enable congenitally blind to "see".

PARIS – Researchers said they are developing a sonar vision system that enables the congenitally blind to perceive the shape of a face, a house, even words and letters. A team of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in collaboration with French cognitive neuroimaging specialists at the ICM Brain and Bone Marrow Institute Research Center (Inserm/UPMC/AP-HP) and NeuroSpin (CEA-Inserm), said they observed that, in people who are blind from birth, the areas of the cerebral cortex normally devoted to reading responds to stimulation. Researchers said their device consists of a small video camera embedded in a pair of eyeglasses, a laptop or a smartphone which transforms images into sounds, and stereo headphones to hear the sounds produced. For instance, an oblique line is transformed into an increasingly high-pitched sound or an increasingly lower-pitched sound, re...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/design/medical-design/4402437/Blin...

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