Microsoft's Digital Guide Dog for Blind People Sounds Incredible

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Wearable tech is frustrating. More often than not, it’s overhyped, overpriced and only slightly better than useless, but Microsoft’s latest sounds ever so slightly different. The company’s just updated its Cities Unlocked headset, created in partnership with the charity Guide Dogs, which is designed to help blind and visually-impaired users make their way around independently.

This week’s software update, called ‘Phase 2’, brings two new modes to the gadget, which combines a headset with a microphone and an app. ‘Find my Way’ uses directional audio to enable users to quickly check that they’re heading in the right direction, while the new ‘CityScribe’ app enables people to tag a variety of obstacles.

Confused? Essentially, it provides detailed descriptions of your surroundings, such as street signs, shop names and even train toilets. We're looking forward to learning more about the project in the near future. [BT]

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