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Explore, discover, and have fun with your own 3D sound map of the world!

Meet the Soundscape Consortium

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What is Soundscape

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Spatial Audio Technology

Soundscape uses 3D or spatial audio technology to enable people to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered to get around.

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Intuitive way to works

Hence, Soundscape makes familiar places richer with the information it provides; and it makes unfamiliar places become familiar because of the intuitive way it works.

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Intro to Consortium

Following Microsoft’s decision to close down Soundscape, we are delighted to announce that a group of organizations and people, including the co-founders of Soundscape, have come together to not only make it available to existing users, but eventually make it available for everyone!

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How Soundscape works

Soundscape provides information about your surroundings with synthesized binaural audio, creating the effect of 3D sound. It runs in the background in conjunction with navigation or other applications to provide you with additional context about the environment.

Your phone, in hand or in pocket, is used to track movement using location and activity sensors, and lets you move toward a self-set audio beacon.

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Getting started with Soundscape

After you install Soundscape, connect a stereo headset or earbuds. Follow the introductions and when prompted, allow the app to access your location. Then, explore a familiar route to get used to how Soundscape delivers spatial information.

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Device compatibility

Soundscape is an application designed to operate on iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, and newer models. It is engineered to be compatible with both wired and Bluetooth stereo headsets, providing users with a seamless audio experience.

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Explore, discover, and have fun!

You can use Soundscape in a number of different ways, whether on a well-known route, out about with a friend or using it to discover new places.​

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Soundscape Community is not designed, intended or made available for diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases and for use as a mobility aid or medical device; and is not designed or intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or judgement and should not be used to replace or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or judgement. The mapping data incorporated into the Soundscape Community program is captured from a third-party program, and therefore, there may be limitations with the accuracy of the information presented and the user is responsible for their actions and their own safety and well-being.