The Impossible Run Guided a Blind Racer Using Only Sound

 - May 9, 2017
References: theimpossiblerun & thenextweb
Oscar Widegren is a young athlete who was the sole competitor in a trial called 'The Impossible Run.' Unlike an Iron Man race or an obstacle course, The Impossible Run was difficult not because of the aerobic or athletic intensity, but because of a trait specific to Oscar himself. Since the age of five, Oscar has been fully blind, and The Impossible Run was the first ever time that he ran on a track without any guidance from a physical person.

The run used technology developed by Lextar, a Swedish sound design company. To guide Oscar while he ran on the track, the company created speakers that shot linear sound waves along the lines of a track, creating invisible walls of sound that Oscar used as an aural touchpoint while he ran.