Timothy Spuck from Associated Universities Inc.(AUI),, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio, and talks about his involvement with the IDATA Project. The chief component of the project is their new and improved software, AfterGlow Access, that aids individuals without sight by converting astronomical images into soundscapes which can be heard by blind and visually impaired (BVI)folks.. This software is readily accessible on the IDATA web site. Here is the page to the AfterGlow Access Software.
`Tin explains that astronomical images are nothing more than data points which have typically been converted into visual displays, but which can easily be presented as audio arrays that can be viewed and interpreted by anyone, with or without vision. Tim discusses his participation with his team members and other partners on the project, showing both his passion for astronomy, and his strong belief that diversity can improve not only the quality of the science, but its impact on the work on the world in a broader sense as well.
Listen to this fascinating discussion about how astronomy can be brought to the BVI community, and listen to some of the “other-worldly” sounds coming from space and our ever-growing universe. Jeff brings the science down to earth with his imaginative, common sense perspectives, and Tim continues to astound us with his grasp of astronomical concepts and his impressive imagination for how science can be leveraged in our day to day lives.
as usual, Blind Abilities adds sound to the mix with samples of the audio arrays that are produced by the IDATA project and the AfterGlow software. Try your own hand at interpreting the highs and lows, the timing and distance of the audio presentations of the data normally conveyed as visual images to those with sight.
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