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Bach-y-Rita's Tactile Vision Substitution System (TVSS) project was initiated in 1963 and he has since been regarded as the founding father of sensory substitution. The concept of sensory substitution refers to the process of obtaining information about the world from a functional sensory system (e.g. touch) that would normally be obtained from a lost ...


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First I have to say that the wavelengths of light are on a totally different order of magnitude than sound. So the parallel drawn in your question "do light waves, for example one with the same wave length as a mid-C and another with a mid-F wave, look nicely together?" may seem logical, but is on closer inspection not easily maintained. Instead, one way to ...


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First of all, interesting question, and thanks for sharing the video! Secondly, you write: There seem to be no doubts that she has the same perception of music than any other great musician... I have to disagree. She may be able to sense vibrations, but it can never match normal hearing. This, because the human ear is better equipped to analyze ...


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Chris gave an excellent answer for visual-to-tactile sensory substitution devices. I will not argue about the extent to which sensory substitution is successful, but the most widespread sensory substitution system for the blind is nowadays The vOICe, a class of visual-to-auditory sensory substitution devices that is available globally. Its Android version ...


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Tadoma is a method of communicating used by some deaf blind individuals. The system was developed prior to 1967 and predates TVSS, although there is no hardware involved. I think this video demonstrates the extent to which the approach is successful, and hence not limited by brain plasticity. Tadoma has fallen out of favor because it is difficult to learn ...



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