Summer Show 2019 Dyson School of Design Engineering

Echolocation Training for the Visually Impaired Using Acoustic Virtual Reality

This project aims to use acoustic virtual reality to train visually impaired people to use echolocation.

Acoustics virtual reality visual impairment

By Ben Pheifer

Can we improve the availability of echolocation training for the visually impaired? Using software that will be accessed via headphones and a video game controller, this project attempts to teach users to listen out for differences in reflected sounds in order to gain an understanding of their environment.