Navigating a new home or any new environment can be a huge challenge for the blind, but a new virtual game may be able to help the visually impaired experience this in a whole new way. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School have developed a virtual game that is meant to help blind find their way through new environments, they have accomplished this by using computer generated layouts of public buildings.
The participants that they have been working with say that this is a great success so far. They use a keyboard to interact with the virtual game instead of trying to enhance vision the game is using auditory cues to stimulate and help orient the user in these virtual environments.
This is a major breakthrough and the visually impaired will eventually be able to utilize programs like this to map out areas that they will frequent in advance.
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