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Can the blind ‘hear; colors, shapes? Yes, show researchers

March 10, 2014

The brain is very adaptable. Even if the sensory apparatus is damaged (eg. the eye or ear) the cognitive capacity of the brain to perceive sight or sound still exists. Is there another way to access it?

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/mind_brain/~3/rLEQ3RHGcYM/140309150441.htm

What if you could “hear” colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. SSDs are non-invasive sensory aids that provide visual information to the blind via their existing senses. For example, using a visual-to-auditory SSD in a clinical or everyday setting, users wear a miniature camera connected to a small computer (or smart phone) and stereo headphones. The images are converted into “soundscapes,” using a predictable algorithm, allowing the user to listen to and then interpret the visual information coming from the camera.

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