Immerse yourself in your surroundings and navigate effortlessly with Soundscape
spatial audio. 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 you...
Great idea, poorly implemented
The idea of sound navigation aid is ingenious. However, this app comes short in almost every aspect of its implementation. The app is not functional without a network connection. No way to download regions for offline navigation. The app can't even determine your location when you're offline. The app is not able to navigate along a previously recorded route. It can only navigate to a single point -beacon. There is neither a way to automatically navigate along a string of predefined beacons. Markers are great, however, you never know how close you need to be to a given market to hear about its proximity. For some markers you really want to be close, for others, you just may want to know that they are near. The app claims to be mostly for people with impaired vision. It doesn't have to be. It could be used to navigate in dense forests, in the dark, in the fog or snow storm. Sound navigation clearly has much larger potential. Actually, one has to wonder if this kind of sound navigation is not severely limiting audio stream a person with reduced vision needs to proced in order to stay safe in a busy city environment. The constant sound distraction coming from this app could prevent its user from, let's say hearing a incoming car when crossing a street. What is also very frustrating is that there is nobody listening to user feedback. Well. That's a normal large corporation way.
Incredible concept and worth trying
....in that way it’s a 5 star app. But it’s not perfect yet. It gets confused a lot which way you’re facing. (probably a hardware issue). Ideally it should work with the phone in my pocket but the phone’s compass doesn’t work well that way....the hardware issue. The interface is a little confusing and it’s not always clear which app mode you should select by default and when / why you would use one of the other modes. One suggestion: This app is very useful when you are in an unfamiliar place, especially in a place where you should keep your phone out of sight. Being able to utilize headset remote functions to control the app would be helpful. i.e. tie the headset remote fast forward function to trigger a one shot what’s around me when running in what’s ahead of me mode
Promising but needs work
Testing out for a visually-impaired loved one. Concept is amazing and very exciting, but still has a ways to go. Often too slow/late on announcing intersections in downtown Manhattan, which is disappointing as this is the most appealing feature of the app for navigation. Would be nice to be able to further categorize callouts. Biggest request: Please please please enable audio ducking or some kind of volume control for the voice! VIP like listening to music etc while walking just like the rest of us, and it’s not currently possible with extreme volume difference between voice and most music. Also, PLEASE consider pairing with or implementing Bose AR support in the near future (Bose Frames, etc)—with that increased spatial accuracy, this could be an amazing pairing!
Great concept but has many issues
I am visually impaired and thought I’d try out this app. It’s a great concept but here are some problems I’ve noticed. First, I tried using it at an outdoor shopping outlet, but Soundscape wouldn’t recognize individual stores within the outlet and would only direct me to the outlet itself and the shops on the very outside of it. Another issue I had was with malls. I used it at my local mall and it cannot pinpoint the stores within the mall. I tried to set my own beacon in a specific store, but the app doesn’t work in a multi-level building. I was on the second floor and the app didn’t recognize that and didn’t direct me to stairs. As a visually impaired person, I know that navigating through a mall can be difficult and this app isn’t much help.
Turn by turn directions needed
This developer is very Receptive of feedback. However, I would love to have turn by turn directions in this application. I don’t want to be forced to have to open two apps just to get that job done. Please fix this as soon as possible.
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?
Cool for my phone only
Nice to use on iPhone but no iPad version? Can’t download it on iPad.
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
Will radically change how I navigate.
It is awesome to hear what’s around me. My wife and I will be using this a lot. It would be nice to have turn by turn directions built right into the app though.
A Suggestion On The Search Screen
Simplify even more on everything with featured better search options for any keyword.
This has worked wonders for friends with visual Disabilities, it also helped me when I need help walking somewhere new. Works amazing.
I love the idea of the app but...
I really want to like this app and I like the idea of it but something is really messed up. It will announce the streets ahead correct but if the street is on the right it says left and if I am heading south it’s says I am heading north. Please work on the app because it has great potential.
Unhappy soundscape camper
Latest update seems to have broken app. Goes to a screen that asks you to activate motion and fitness. However if you do that there was no place to activate motion and fitness. Also cannot close the screen. Does not appear to be anyway to get back to sound scape home screen. Please fix this app!
This will radically change the lives of those with visual impairment. Kudos.
Yes. Microsoft Soundscape is very safe to use. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 83 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 4.3/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Microsoft Soundscape Is 41.3/100.
Yes. Microsoft Soundscape is a totally legit app. This conclusion was arrived at by running over 83 Microsoft Soundscape User Reviews through our NLP machine learning process to determine if users believe the app is legitimate or not. Based on this, Justuseapp Legitimacy Score for Microsoft Soundscape Is 41.3/100.
Microsoft Soundscape works most of the time. If it is not working for you, we recommend you excersise some patience and retry later or Contact Support.
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