New Racing Auditory Display for Low-Vision Gamers

March 2018 – Brian A. Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at Colombia University, has created a Racing Auditory Display, or RAD, that allows gamers that are blind and low-vision to play racing video games. The system indicates speed, trajectory, and upcoming turns using a “sound slider” and directional sounds. Early results from volunteer trials showed the users preferring the system’s interface to another leading blind-accessible racing game. Mr. Smith says his RAD system can be integrated into most existing racing games and he hopes to develop the system in the future to add in-game capabilities and allow for use in other styles of games.


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