Only until recently, has it been possible for people that have been blind and/or deaf can finally enjoy entertainment originally catered for the seeing and hearing. Up and coming companies are taking VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), and mixed reality (MR) to new heights and make it available to those who were known to be limited. Blind people can now have means to see and the deaf have something available to assist with their hearing loss.
To help create specific technology, some people with a PhD in neuroscience and specialty in activities such as gaming and film, have been working on products to help stimulate a person’s brain. Just because people are either deaf, blind, or both, their brain is still functioning. Products have been created to stimulate the parts of the brain to give a person a sensation that they may have never been triggered before. So, what does that mean?
If a person is deaf, a certain stimulation is to trigger their sight to give them the feeling of what sounds to hear. If a person is blind, their hearing is usually sensitive to listen carefully of various sounds. If a person is blind and deaf, their sense of touch on their skin or in hands will suggest the feeling of seeing and hearing with the use of specific vibrations.
VR and AR have been in use to help deaf people to trigger their eyes to be their ears. A deaf person with good eyesight will be more alert while their brain is in this VR and AR world that is triggering their brain cells to more aware of their surroundings and senses in general. VR has even helped deaf people communicate with others who may not know how to sign language or help the hearing exchange with the deaf.
In the blind world, these people have it much more difficult. A company such as AIRA have put use of the Google Glass where the user who is a blind person receives verbal communication into their earpiece to inform them of the surroundings. This is company does this so far, on a subscription base for the time being and their customer service for the blind to “see” is around the clock.
Many people were or are born blind, deaf, or even both. Family members for many people have always felt it to be a burden since they couldn’t see and/or hear like them. There’s a “cure” for these people. It’s not perfected, but it’s available now. The price to have this equipment isn’t cheap since many of those in neuroscience and various associated fields, are working on these projects on their own time and money, with little from VC’s (Venture Capital – Investors).
Neuroscience, along with VR, AR, MR, and the use of other media, are making it possible for the deaf to hear and the blind to see. Brain stimulation is key and the way of the future.