For the visually impaired competitive sports is a non-starter. After all you need vision to hit a baseball, kick a soccer ball, catch a football and pass to teammates.
A Sweedish group backed by the Swedish Association of Visually Impaired Youth is trying to change that. With backing from the Pepsi Refresh Project Thee group used very high end technology that let cameras track the movement and position of players and the ball. In real time the images were turned into sound so visually impaired players could “hear” the position of players and the ball (if you are a tech geek get the full rundown of how the technology works at Fast Company).
In this video two teams are paired up. One team is visually impaired and the other team is former soccer professionals. Game on! Watch the video and check out TheSoundOfFootball.com for a discussion of how this can impact other areas of life for the visually impaired.
Tell us, in what other ways can this technology have an impact?