CREATING NEW SENSES, WITH AMIR AMEDI

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Can music and other sounds be used to allow blind people visualise the world around them? Award-winning neuroscientist Amir Amedi will discuss his work on restoring function losses in damaged senses. He uses multi-sensory substitution devices to create new senses, revealing the mechanisms in our brains that are involved in altering our senses.

Amedi's Lab for Brain and Multisensory Research uses unique tools known as Sensory Substitution Devices to take information from one sense and present it in another. By using a smartphone or webcam to translate a visual image into a distinct soundscape, SSDs enable blind users to create a mental image of objects, such as their physical dimensions and colour.

This event kicks off the Synaesthesia and Cross-modal Perception International Conference, and is sponsored by Movidius.