Audio aquarium gives people with visual disabilities a sense of sea life

12/17/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Pairing fish and their movements with music via visual-recognition software creates a symphony of sounds that scientists hope will allow people with visual impairments to experience sea life. "Many of the things we do help them solve basic problems -- shopping, working, brushing their teeth," says Bruce Walker, an associate Georgia Tech professor who works with the school's Center for Music Technology. "There are very few assistive technologies that help them do the fun stuff."

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