A Camcorder For The Blind

The podcast explosion has given rise to a new generation of audio-based storytellers. As the medium grows, so do podcast microphones. There are a lot of experiential podcasts on the market, but few of them do a great job of making you feel like you’re there. We hear the world in 3D and we should be telling stories that way. This is why Binaural Podcasting is so important, now you can transport your audiences to new worlds using binaural audio. It’s time to experience a new type of podcast mic- Hooke Verse, the first binaural 3D audio Podcast recorder.

Why Binaural For The Visually Impaired?

Our brain not only decodes sound for us, but it also does a good job of telling us what direction the sound is coming from. For visually impaired smartphone users, this is imperative to your mobility. So a recording that sheds directionality is useless.

Many visually impaired people learn to translate sound with a richness that’s hard for sighted people to comprehend, as the first episode of the NPR podcast Invisibilia demonstrated.

  • Binaural 3D audio can be experienced on any pair of headphones, meaning you can upload your binaural podcast straight to the web and have any one hear it in 3D.
  • Hooke Verse is synced to Dropbox and Google drive on your phone, allowing you to capture hours of content in the field and not worry about storage.
  • Hooke Verse can record binaural 3D audio to your field recorders and cameras too with its included recording wire, making it compatible on all of your podcast recorders.

What do you record with?

Why Sound Matters, Especially For The Blind

What Is Binaural 3D Audio?

Mimicking the way our ears hear naturally, 3D or spatial audio allows people to hear sounds all around them in more accurate detail than stereo. 3D audio creates a clear pinpoint to where sound is coming from in an acoustic space which enables better listening. We hear the world in 3D audio, we should be capturing it that way.

  • Binaural sound is not to be confused with conventional stereo sound. Stereo does not factor in the natural ear spacing or “head shadow” of the head and ears.
  • Dr. Who released an episode recorded completely in binaural audio in 2017.
  • The BBC rigged an binaural microphone array at the Royal Albert Hall this season and is using it to record concerts in three-dimensional sound.
  • Hooke Verse is the world’s first Bluetooth binaural 3d audio microphone.
HookeVerse Accessibility Mode

Making Hooke Audio products 100% accessible to visually impaired users has always been a no brainer for us. We have worked hard over the last 6 months to make #HookeVerse completely accessible on both Android and iOS. Today we travel to Perkins School for the Blind to share #HookeVerse and all of the incredible opportunities it can bring to blind users. Check out #PerkinsProducts here: http://www.perkinsproducts.org/store/en/And an article on how Hooke Verse can be a camcorder for the blind: http://observer.com/2015/08/hooke-audio-verse-camcorder-for-the-blind/#soundmatters

Posted by Hooke Audio on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

By far one of the most amazing relationships we've formed over the past year is with the National Federation of the Blind. Today, for the first time ever, we demoed the #HookeVerse for two visually impaired smartphone users. Check out their reactions as they hear #mobile #3daudio for the first time! A moment we will never forget.

Posted by Hooke Audio on Monday, October 19, 2015

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Hearing Is Believing

“For me, it’s like the ultra 4K quality of today’s[KB1]  television content; just as vivid and crystal clear. Plus, you don’t have to turn around or adjust your eyes to enjoy full 360 degree binaural audio. Your hearing, in this case, is way more capable than your sight! We should be demanding the same clarity out of audio as we do video. I truly think binaural has the ability to wake up people’s ears the same way it does for mine daily. I am excited to see where this technology can take us and I hope it connects us all in ways we never could have imagined along the way.”

Justin Thornton, Hooke Verse Customer