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Audiom is a tool that allows blind and visually impaired individuals to view maps completely in audio. It is a web component and can be embedded into any webpage, similar to Google Maps. It allows non-visual access to route, landmark, and survey knowledge, which is the critical information needed for navigation. It can also show large maps, such as the globe, and communicate information such as the shape of Italy and what Italy borders with.

Audiom is based off the conventions found in audio games, which are games that can be played completely in audio. The interface has also been co-designed with over 30 blind individuals. The knowledge transfer partner for Audiom is XR Navigation. Visit Audiom at:


Conference Papers
Biggs, B., Toth, C., Stockman, T., Coughlan, J., & Walker, B. N.. (2022). Evaluation of a Non-Visual Auditory Choropleth and Travel Map Viewer. In International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) 2022. Virtual: Virtual. Retrieved from PMCID: PMC10010675
Biggs, B., Coughlan, J., & Coppin, P.. (2019). Design and Evaluation of an Audio Game-Inspired Auditory Map Interface. In The 25th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2019). Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
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Brandon Biggs