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How 3D audio technology could ‘unlock’ cities for blind people

A new project from Microsoft aims to transform how people with sight loss experience the urban landscape. Known as Cities Unlocked, the project is already supported by a number of organisations and advocates including former Paralympic swimmer Lord Chris Holmes, MiBeacons/Mubaloo, Barclays Bank, First Great Western.

New technology is set to give greater independence to blind and partially sighted people by radically enhancing their ability to navigate city centres.

A new project from Microsoft aims to transform how people with sight loss experience the urban landscape. Known as Cities Unlocked, the project uses technology to empower blind and partially sighted people to independently explore their city and surroundings.

The project is already supported by a number of organisations and advocates including former Paralympic swimmer Lord Chris Holmes, MiBeacons/Mubaloo, Barclays Bank, First Great Western, Network Rail, Reading Borough Council, Reading Buses and Tesco.

The technology uses location and navigation data from GPS and Microsoft Bing Maps, as well as a network of Bluetooth-enabled beacons placed in urban locations, while the headset can help visually impaired people navigate the city.

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