A group of students from the Royal College of Art in London has developed headsets that allow the wearer to adjust their sight and hearing in the same way they’d control the settings on a TV or radio.
The Eidos equipment was developed to enhance sensory perception by tuning in to specific sounds or images amongst a barrage of sonic and visual information, then applying effects to enhance the important ones.
Eidos Vision enhances the way we see motion, achieving a similar effect to long exposure photography for live experience. By detecting and overlaying movement, it allows us to see traces and patterns hidden to the naked eye. Eidos Audio lets us hear speech more selectively. It neutralizes distracting background noise and then amplifies the speech you choose.
Unlike conventional headphones that have two channels, Eidos Audio has three: left, right, and a central mouth piece that uses the principle of bone conduction. This creates the unique experience of hearing someone speak right inside your head. Eidos has broad application in areas where live audio and video analysis is valuable.
According to the creators, the setup could be used for everything from healthcare (exercising the senses in the elderly or infirm) to entertainment (imagine dance recitals viewed with live visual design enhancements). What makes the Eidos even cooler is its design, which is evocative of a giant two-piece geometrical head-shaped helmet.[sc:vimeo id=58771063]
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