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Experimental headsets let you see the invisible, hear the inaudible

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Students at the Royal College of Arts in London have designed headsets capable of augmenting the sights and sounds around us to enhance our sensory experiences. The project — called Eidos Vision — utilizes two pieces of wearable technology that pick out the most important audio and visual information to deliver the data that really matters.

Eidos Vision is worn like a pair of goggles and is designed to produce an effect similar to a long-exposure photo, helping to identify patterns of movement in real time. Eidos Audio forms a mask that covers the ears and the mouth, targeting both the outer and inner ear (the latter via bone conduction), delivering audio directly inside your head. Both headsets use a computer to process data, highlighting previously invisible or inaudible details. The project's creators believe the Eidos prototypes could be used by sportspeople to analyze their performance or to assist healthcare organizations in improving the sensory perception of their patients. Currently, the project remains in the concept stage, suggesting devices won't ever be released.