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Microsoft launches ‘map’ app for vision impaired

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Microsoft has launched Soundscape, a smartphone app for people who are blind or have low vision that uses a combination of 3D audio and location awareness to help build a mental map of their surroundings.

By setting an audio beacon on a chosen destination or a familiar landmark, users can keep track of where that location is as they make their way there. The app will also call out roads, intersections and landmarks as the user walks.

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Source:
Kymberly Martin, 2018, Freedom2Live (https://www.freedom2live.com.au/)

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