A group of people put on blindfolds and walked around central London while a smartphone app attempted to guide them using only sounds.
Participants in a workshop run by Alastair Somerville in Holborn's Dragon Hall were asked to download an iPhone app, Heare, which is used to help blind people navigate their way around cities.
Participants were given a pre-guided route and were meant to follow the "dings" and "clicks" to reach their destination. It didn't go entirely smoothly.
Gianfranco Chicco, chief dream officer at Taiken Lab, a London-based consulting firm, told BuzzFeed he found the whole incident "confusing" and that his other senses were heightened.
Chicco said that he realised the importance of paying more attention after walking into a wall.
I was trying first to find out first what to follow and what not to follow because I heard three different voices. And the most clear one was the dog and it didn't sound aggressive so I was walking towards the dog."Some times I didn't hear anything whereas at other times there were small ticks, and a bigger bell. It was confusing because at one point I ran into a wall and I figured at some point something wasn't working.
Somerville told BuzzFeed the key lesson for participants was to "have an honest conversation about our other senses", which appears to echo the thoughts of Chicco.
Somerville adds that the biggest challenges for wearable technology revolve around placing an emphasis on emotion.
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