The idea of blindness is worse than the reality - you just do not understand our full capacity of what our senses can do.
Humans can see with sound - sound reflects off of objects and the human brain can image what they are, where they are. So, few people can do this. And, so, we have taken the principles of echolocation and made it accessible to all.
As someone who was born without eyes, I wanted to design an app that could allow blind people to visualize the world.
Eyedar is a free app that digitizes the principles of echolocation. It uses LiDAR, a #D mapping technology available on the latest smartphones. This technology creates an image of a person’s environment and then translates them into a 3D soundscape of their surroundings. As you move close to an object, changes in pitch and volume communicate size, shape, distance, and direction.
Eyedar users start with basic object recognition and through sequential training, progress through more complex tasks- training the brain and enhancing visualization abilities, giving them the skills they need to navigate the world with confidence and precision.
Being blind, people don’t expect anything out of you. They’ll set the bar low, they won’t expect you to go any higher than that. I’ll make my own expectations. I want to prove to myself and the world that there isn’t anything that I can’t do.