Monday, 20th August 2018
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By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q How might a blind person rehearse the layout of a place in a new city before traveling there?

A. By utilizing Microsoft's "canetroller," "a walking cane that simulates the feeling of real objects with vibrations" and that includes auditory feedback as well, reports "New Scientist" magazine.

With the digital world thus opened up to the blind, one woman standing in an empty 22-square-meter room said she felt like she was "hitting up against" the virtual room's walls. A man said he could "feel textured surfaces."

Adds Microsoft's Meredith Morris: "It could even be used to practice navigating in the snow in advance of a storm

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