Earlier this month, several of our valued team members headed off to the annual Perth Web Accessibility Camp (link opens in new window) for 2018. The Camp is a resource-rich all day event that explores the latest in web accessibility. Web developers, managers, educators, consultants and students from all over Perth gather to share and discuss ideas. A highlight of this year’s camp was the Keynote Speaker, David Masters from Microsoft Australia who spoke about the innovative projects the technology and software giant is working on.
This year, members of our Accessible Information Team, Vithya our Digital Production Coordinator, David Vosnacos our Access Consultant and Kenneth Phua our VisAbility Radio host were in attendance.
In Vithya’s presentation she discussed the importance of binaural 3D sound, and how 3D sound can be adapted for accessibility in a variety of areas including: Orientation and Mobility, audio description for TV and film, and as a storytelling tool.
“Binaural sound allows you to pin point where particular sounds are coming from in your environment. Unlike traditional left and right recorded sound, 3D sound let’s you feel immersed in the environment.” Vithya said. Vithya has been making meaningful applications of this binaural sound in experiential videos that hope to raise greater awareness of what it is like to rely on some senses more than others.
“Having the chance to speak about binaural 3D sound at the Perth Web Accessibility Camp was a great opportunity, I am proud to represent VisAbility and the work we do.”
You can listen to her videos on our Vimeo account (link opens in new window)
David Vosnacos assisted the annual Great Debate by being the MC, and this years topic was ‘The Internet of Things is Awesome for Accessibility’. The debate was lively and much discussion was had, however this year it was a draw with equal arguments made by both sides. VisAbility Radio host Kenneth was a roving reporter, gathering interviews and insights from speakers and audience members alike. Stay tuned to VisAbility Radio (link opens in new window) for the latest podcasts from the Camp.
Overall, it was another exciting and informative conference at the Perth Web Accessibility Camp 2018.