Virtual actuality affords the flexibility to discover new worlds and have adventures with out leaving residence. We love the sense of freedom that VR affords, nevertheless it’s a expertise that also depends primarily on visible cues—which makes it inaccessible to folks with visible impairments. To deliver these unimaginable experiences to visually impaired folks, the expertise wants to supply new instruments. So we’ve been exploring how spatial audio cues can be utilized for navigating and interacting with digital environments.
Compared to VR, different applied sciences supply extra instruments and assist to visually-impaired folks. One instance is the choice textual content discovered on web site pictures, and one other is Google TalkBack, which provides spoken, audible and haptic suggestions to assist visually-impaired folks work together with their gadgets. With these applied sciences as inspiration, we created an audio software aimed toward making VR extra accessible.