Bulgaria: SoundVision - innovative and multi-functional technology to help the visually impaired


SoundVision is a Bulgarian and Norwegian partnership project on technology to empower people with seeing disabilities. The project will develop an innovative and multi-functional device which will help visually impaired people to live their lives independently.

Globally more than 285 million people are visually impaired and among them 39 million are blind. According to the World Health Organization, around 90% of the visually disabled people live in low-income settings. The SoundVision project sets out to help with innovative technology, partners from Norway and funding from the Norway Grants.


Social innovation

The company ScaleFocus has received funding by the Norway Grants Business Development, Innovation and SMEs in Bulgaria, through an open call on welfare technology. In cooperation with Norwegian partners, the project aims at developing smart, robust and multi-functional assistive technology visually impaired people.

The technology will be affordable and aims to make them independent, economically active and socially included is obvious. The SoundVision project will bring the EU in the forefront of social innovation, helping citizens and eventually everyone with seeing disabilities to live their lives to the fullest.


Cooperation between Bulgaria and Norway

The project will be implemented in cooperation with two Norwegian and Bulgarian partners. The Norwegian partner Norsk Regnesentral is a research organisation that will contribute to the development of the mobile application and its specifications. The role of the other Norwegian partner, Adaptor AS, is to disseminate information about the devices and end-user needs verification in a real environment. 


SoundVision technology

The project focuses on the development of a technological innovation known as SoundVision: devices crafted to serve specialised needs. They utilise price competitive sensors, compensating with cutting-edge software techniques without compromising the quality of the end user experience. The project envisages the creation of an ecosystem, bringing affordable innovation and the possibility of carefree lifestyle as well as resolving the traditional inconveniences of people with visual challenges. The platform will bring its potential to the hands of developers around the world to create apps helping visually impaired people.


The SMEs Growth Programme in Bulgaria

The project is supported by Norway through the Norway Grants. See more opportunities under the SMEs Growth Programme in Bulgaria.

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