Double awards for our DePIC research into developing technology for blind users

Our DePIC team has won the Award for Best Solution by a Large Organisation at the Connect Ability Challenge event, a software development competition focusing on developing technology that can help improve the lives of people living with physical, social, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The event was organised by AT&T and New York University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (#ADA25).

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(Article) Peak levels: Anyone can get the sound right

The ‘Peak level meter’ is an essential tool of an audio engineer. It’s used to adjust volume levels. For example, there may be odd moments when a recording is far, far louder than the rest of the track. So loud that the sound will distort when played. The engineer therefore tones it down a bit. Small nudges here and there make a massive difference to the quality of the final sound. A peak level meter is just a gauge that helps. It shows the sound level in real time as the engineer listens to the audio, blinking if the sound even momentarily reaches a critical level where something must be done. It’s completely visual though so is completely inaccessible to a blind person. Continue reading “(Article) Peak levels: Anyone can get the sound right”