When people lose what is arguably their most important sense, vision, it can become extremely difficult to cope in many aspects of life. Other senses, on the whole hearing and touch, are used to substitute for the loss. Technological advancement in interactive sound in enabling a wide range of innovative and practical applications to be developed to assist the blind in key areas such as communication, navigation and entertainment.
In addition to this there is more being achieved to bring the benefits of interactive sound to the blind through a variety of projects and exhibitions such as Sounding Architecture which was an arts project for the blind and visually impaired in London, carried out in conjunction with the Serpentine Gallery and Art through Touch. This included a range of sound applications and interactive tactile works along with the development of an acoustic view of the gallery pavilion.