The team narrows the gap between the society and people with visual or acoustic impairments by improving accessibility to environmental information. The study is about ways of translating visual information into tactile content through the phenomenon of ‘sensory substitution’ and about ways of artificially filtering sounds to increase speech understanding. The ultimate goal is to build low-cost solutions to narrow the digital divide.
The project methodology involves creating new technologies that do not replace but complement rehabilitation practices. The research is therefore synergistic with rehabilitation and represents a bottom-up process: feedback from target groups are used to improve the stimulation provided by the devices. The researchers have developed strong links with societal actors, i.e. rehabilitation practitioners, teachers and families of end users.


Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia: one senior researcher, three postdocs, four Ph.D students and three part-time technicians


Ten European partners from a variety of countries and backgrounds are involved

Project timeframe

The research started in 2010 and will probably end in December 2016

Project Location

Genova, ITALY

Luca Brayda  luca.brayda[at]

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