Geospatial navigation via sound?

Very Spatial checks in on the state of spatial audio, linking to an Engadget post that in turn references a Sydney Morning Herald article on an Australian technology venture called Immersive Communications Environment (ICE). There is much speculation on how this will enhance gaming, but let’s not forget other potential uses: All this mapping and virtual globing is currently off limits to the visually impaired. Back in August last year, this blog speculated on whether spatialized sound might not be a way for the visually impaired to navigate a virtual globe. That possibility now seems closer than ever.