The vOICe for Android

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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 and unprecedented visual detail for the totally blind through sensory substitution and computer vision. Also includes live talking OCR, a talking color identifier, talking compass, talking face detector and a talking GPS locator, while Eye-D and Aipoly object recognition 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. Visually impaired users with severe tunnel vision can try if the auditory feedback helps them notice changes in the visual periphery. The vOICe for Android runs on smartphones and tablets, but is also compatible with most smart glasses, using the tiny camera in these glasses and a special user interface to generate a live sonic augmented reality overlay, hands-free! You may want to use an external battery connected via USB cable to keep the smart glasses battery from draining too quickly. You can help us by blogging and tweeting about your experiences, your use cases, and 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 extremely 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 (close your eyes if you have eyesight). Next try and explore your own safe home environment, and learn to associate the complex sound patterns with what you already know is there. Sighted users can also use the app with Google Cardboard compatible devices through a swipe-down on the main screen to toggle the binocular view.

    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. A general training manual for The vOICe (not specific to the Android version) is available online at

    Why is The vOICe 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 $10,000 and yet have lower specs. The perceptual resolution offered by The vOICe is unmatched even by $100,000 "bionic eye" retinal implants (PLoS ONE 7(3): e33136).

    The vOICe for Android supports English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Arabic (menu Options Language).

    Please report bugs to, and visit the web page for detailed description and disclaimers. We are on Twitter at @seeingwithsound.

    Thank you!

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    Users comments for The vOICe for Android

    Shamah Dassu

    by Shamah Dassu

    Jul 01, 2016  |  "Great"


    Joseph Ali

    by Joseph Ali

    Feb 11, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Hi, I like the app very much !! ..... I have an idea developed this App , so I really would like to get the source code from you if possible!

    Melvin Curtis

    by Melvin Curtis

    Feb 09, 2016  |  "Good"

    Lisa your blind so how did you know what you were typing?

    keith taylor

    by keith taylor

    Jan 21, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    YOU GET 555 stars !

    Aoide Aoede

    by Aoide Aoede

    Nov 14, 2015  |  "Great"

    Great app! Feedback to the developer resulted in almost immediate patching, which alone already makes this app a top one! Four stars instead of five only because of the default settings which demonstrate extensively what this app is capable of, but which also make the interface appear crowded (which in turn may provide a steep learning curve for the visually impaired). Thank yóu, Peter!

    Meat Cupcakes

    by Meat Cupcakes

    Nov 03, 2015  |  "Awesome"