Microsoft Creates an Application to Help Blind Canadians Move Around

Microsoft Creates an Application to Help Blind Canadians Move Around

Do you know what is interesting about Microsoft company? Microsoft is one of the companies who have come forward to help blind people in Canada through their technology. Not very far in the past, the company has developed another application intended to help blind Canadians to approach their everyday lives. The thought is to utilize an application known as Soundscape to produce 3D sound for the visually impaired.

Though Microsoft has turned into the trinity of tech, at any rate, the extent that most IT consumers are concerned. Microsoft Corporation is an American worldwide technology company, with a branch in Redmond, Washington. It creates, produces, licenses, supports and sells PC programming, consumer gadgets, PCs, and related services. Its best-known programming items are the Microsoft Windows line of working operating system, the Microsoft Office suite, and Edge Web programs and the Internet Explorer.

While developing their soundscape application, Microsoft collaborates with the CNIB Foundation and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) during beta testing to get the job done. Since 2014 the company has been working on using the soundscape audio for blind Canadians. Initially, they started exploring different avenues regarding a bone conduction headset and smartphone system. The Soundscape application is based on that research, bundling it into a structure that works with a typical cell phone and any pair of stereo earphones.  Not only this, it will provide 3D audio cues to improve their ambient awareness. User will at that point have the option to join that data from the Soundscape as they construct a mental image of what’s around them.

Soundscape takes the benefit of 3D audio as compare to navigation apps. This implies all sounds are constantly seen as originating from the correct course. There’s even area mindfulness, which means, the client can construct a psychological guide of the zone dependent on the data they’ve gotten. For instance, it can depict various shops and road names as you stroll by, something that other route systems utilized by individuals with visual impairment can’t generally help with. 

If a user isn’t sure where they are or what direction to travel, they can hold the phone level with the top edge confronting the heading they need to go and after that use the button at the bottom of the screen to find adjacent milestones and explore.

The application is presently accessible on iOS for the iPhone. Users have both English and French to look over where the language is concerned, and that is not all that awful. Up until this point, the great people at VLRC have been utilizing the Soundscape application with their customers for the five months.

According to Angela Bonfanti, Vice President, CNIB Foundation that Soundscape will help enable individuals who are visually impaired or incompletely located to freely explore their general surroundings with certainty, and we’re excited that it is accessible in Canada. This Innovation is a distinct advantage for individuals with sight loss and energizing applications, as Soundscape, are helping to transfer communities into reference points of openness and incorporation where individuals can live, work and play without hindrances.

Asma is currently living up to her dream of becoming a psychologist. Apart from being a full time student, she loves to read books, comics and online blogs. In addition, to following all the latest TV shows she loves to write blogs and publish her experiences online.

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