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Sensory Substitution and Augmentation Conference at the British Academy

Since the 1960s, scientists have created sensory substitution and augmentation devices that try to replace, enhance or create a sense by exploiting another sense. For example, in tactile--vision, stimulation of the skin by vibrating pins, driven by input to a camera, is used to try to replace the ordinary sense of vision.

This conference, held at the British Academy in March 2013, brought together the neuroscientists and psychologists developing these devices and studying the brains and behaviour of subjects who use them. The limits and possibilities of these technologies were investigated, and the nature of perceptual experience and sensory interaction explored, in collaboration with philosophers.