Technology for Better Mobility
Innovation that increases the visually impaired people’s independence and quality of life
SoundVision is an affordable palm-sized and easy-to-use device that improves visually impaired people’s mobility and lifestyle. Paired with a mobile app, it complements the standard white cane and helps users become more active and independent by providing real-time information about the surrounding area. SoundVision boasts a comprehensive combination of features that is unparalleled in the global healthcare industry.
In 2022, the groundbreaking device won a Grand Stevie® and a Gold Stevie® Award for Best Healthcare Technology Solution at the 19th Annual International Business Awards® – the world’s premier business awards program.
How It Works
Warns the user when walking obstacles are detected
Recognizes different colors and lighting conditions
Recognizes categories of objects
Works with sound and vibration cues when in autonomous mode
Has built-in standard and clock position compasses
Has text and banknote recognition
Directional navigation via built-in 9-axis sensor
Indoor navigation with BLE beacons
Pairs with phone via Bluetooth 5.0
Android and iOS SDKs allow integration with 3rd party apps
ToF Laser Distance module – continuously measures the distance between the device and the objects in front of it. Camera module – used for object and color recognition. Absolute Orientation Sensor – used to provide precise orientation data. Light-To-Digital Sensor – provides information on ambient lightning. EEPROM memory – used for the Firmware of the device.
Two-axis Joystick – serves as a pointer for navigating through menus and options. Push button – has different function depending on the device status.
Stereo audio DAC with 2.5-W speaker. Headphones option. Vibration motor
Image Classification, color classsificaton, currency recognition – ResNet 50 – Convolutional Neural Network model for image classification. Object Detection – OpenCV/Yolo 4 – used to identify different objects in one image. Location Finder – QGIS+ triangulation algorithms. OCR – Tesseract OCR engine. Text-to-Speech reader
How We Help
The SoundVision contactless device recognizes nearby objects/obstacles in order to enhance the user’s level of orientation.
The model tackles a few more problems: deteriorated or missing color and light recognition, current address location, or directions to an address.
SoundVision was created with one goal in mind: to help visually impaired have more independent and active lifestyles.
This project has been supported by the Norway Grants 2014-2021, in the frame of the Business Development, Innovation and SMEs Programme Bulgaria.