Teaching orientation and mobility skills to blind children using computer generated 3D sound environments
Inman, Dean P
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This paper describes a computer program designed to teach orientation and mobility skills to visually impaired persons. The system utilizes off-the-shelf computer hardware and a proprietary virtual reality authoring library to create 3-D spatial audio environments. Simulation environments currently being developed emphasize sound identification, localization, and tracking skills which are requisite to effective orientation and mobility in real world settings. Data describing how well a blind individual is able to identify, localize, and track various sound sources within each virtual training environment will eventually be collected and correlated with actual orientation and mobility performance data.