1. Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks, roads and other features in your surroundings.
2. If at any time you have any questions about Soundscape, please refer to the Help & Tutorials section available on the main menu or if you require further help then you can contact the Disability Answer Desk on 1-800-936-5900 which is a free of charge service.
Microsoft Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks, roads and other features in your surroundings.
Switch between using Soundscape in the real world, or the virtual world, to help you build a picture of a place effortlessly with Street Preview.
Soundscape is designed to live in the background and provide you with effortless ambient awareness. Therefore, feel free to use it in conjunction with other apps such as podcasts, audio books, email and even GPS navigation.
- As you walk, Soundscape will automatically call out the key points of interest, roads and intersections that you pass. These can be adjusted and turned on and off.
- An audio beacon can be placed on a point of interest, and you will hear it as you move around. You can place an audio beacon on a point of interest that you would like to track such as your destination, a point to return to or a landmark you are familiar with.
- "My Location" describes your current location and the direction you are facing.
- "Nearby Markers" describes nearby places you have marked.
- "Around Me" describes nearby points of interest in each of the four cardinal directions, helping with orientation. Try this out when getting off a bus or leaving a train station.
- "Ahead of Me" describes points of interest in front of you, for example when walking down the street.
To get the most out of the experience, you will need a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing outdoors. For example, bone conduction headsets, Apple AirPods and in-ear open headphones have proven to work well.
We hope you enjoy the experience. We believe that this kind of technology offers a new way to relate to the environment around you and we can’t wait to hear what you make of it.
If at any time you have any questions about Soundscape, please refer to the Help & Tutorials section available on the main menu or if you require further help then you can contact the Disability Answer Desk on 1-800-936-5900 which is a free of charge service.
I work as an O&M instructor with people who are blind and have visually impairments and I’m loving this app! Biggest wish is that we could add beacons based on dropping a pin on a map and then re-labeling it instead of having address as label. For reference points, sometimes you need breadcrumbs and you can’t do that unless you know addresses or businesses along your route.
This is a great amazing app. I understand that its new and beta stage but what i do not understand is why this is not available for iwatches? I was so excited when i tried this out on my iPhone and was so amazed that i thought, ok now i have to get an iwatch! It is a huge pain using my white cane and iphone at the same time. Why no iwatch support?
Stunning work and incredible UX with Bose Frames
I would like to make an effusive congratulations to the creators of the Microsoft Soundscape App. I have tried the new version with the Bose Frames and the experience is brilliant! You are creating something very useful and disruptive to help the visually-impaired people and you are achieving this thanks to a powerful and simple totally new concept. A very very BIG congratulations. I hope with the effort of all, we can create a more inclusive and accessible better world for everybody. Javier Pita - CEO NaviLens Technology