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The vOICe for Android

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See with your ears! The vOICe for Android maps live camera views to soundscapes, offering augmented reality for the totally blind through sensory substitution and computer vision. Also includes a talking color identifier, talking compass, talking face detector and a talking GPS locator, while the ZXing barcode scanner and Google Goggles can be launched from The vOICe for Android by tapping the left or right screen edge.

Is it an augmented reality game or a serious tool? It can be both, depending on what you want it to be! The ultimate goal is to provide a form of synthetic vision to the blind, but sighted users can simply have fun playing the game of sight-without-eyesight. You can also help us by blogging about how *you* learn to see with sound.

How does it work? The vOICe uses pitch for height and loudness for brightness in one-second left to right scans of any view: a rising bright line sounds as a rising tone, a bright spot as a beep, a bright filled rectangle as a noise burst, a vertical grid as a rhythm. Best used with stereo headphones for the most immersive experience and most detailed auditory resolution.

Just experiment with simple visual patterns first, because real-life imagery is complex. Randomly drop a bright item such as a DUPLO brick on a dark table top, and learn to reach for it through sound alone (closing your eyes if you have eyesight). Next try and explore your own safe home environment, learning to associate the complex sound patterns with what you already know is there.

For serious users: learning to see with sound is like learning a foreign language or learning to play a musical instrument, really challenging your perseverance and brain plasticity. It may well be the ultimate brain training system, bridging the senses through artificial synesthesia.

Why is it free? Because our foremost goal is to make a real change by lowering barriers to use as much as we can. You will find that competing technologies cost upwards of $15,000 and yet have lower specs.

Please report bugs to, and visit the web page for detailed description and disclaimers.

Thank you!

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The vOICe for Android was developed for Android by Peter Meijer

Package name : vOICe.vOICe

System permissions : 11 Click here to show/hide list
  • android.permission.CAMERA
  • android.permission.WAKE_LOCK
  • android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION
  • android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION
  • android.permission.INTERNET
  • android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
  • android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
  • android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS
  • android.permission.VIBRATE
  • android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

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by A Google User the 7/5/2013

Audio Art Show Some time ago we made a Black and White Art Show. It was held on the virtual world of Second Life where visitors could buy artworks created for Peters software. Virtualart can be saved to computer and printed out for experimenting with.

by A Google User the 6/10/2013

gr8 amazing app

by A Google User the 5/15/2013

Seen this on BBC's The One show 15/05/13 Thought id try this and see how it works, after a small amount using it you can distinguish door ways ect and can see how it would be useful for blind people after a bit of training.

by A Google User the 5/8/2013

No no nooooo!!!!! Freaky....Scary do NOT install (I'm still shaking)

by A Google User the 5/8/2013

I like it Love it. Use it for night vision goggles too XD

by A Google User the 5/7/2013

great! great!

by A Google User the 4/18/2013


by A Google User the 4/4/2013

Love the idea Picks up faces pretty well. An interesting way to represent images in audio though it is hard to distinguish horizontal objects.

by A Google User the 3/28/2013

Revolutionary oportunity This is awsm! Man, the possibilities of this helping the blind are amazing, though I thought the fact that they had to carry it up to point at the stuff was a tiring shore for them, and also the fact that they would be showing their device on their hands about 70 -90 cm's from their faces seemed like a getting mugg'd risk, but imagine this app on Google glasses or something similar a bit less "flashy" and recognizable, once the hardware is out, this is gonna be an amazing tool. The potential is huge.

by A Google User the 2/23/2013

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