Lexter is a Swedish sound design company with a mission to explore the potential of sound technology. We approached them with an idea as bold as it was optimistic – was it possible to create an invisible sound corridor via hyper direcional sound technology, in which a blind runner could run straight, all by himself, without human assistance?
To explore this we needed a fearless expert with extraordinary hearing abilities that could help us develop the technology. In collaboration with Parasport (Swedish Paralympics Association) we found Oscar Widegren – an 18-year-old blind athlete from Stockholm.
After months of training together – optimizing and calibrating the technology, isolating disturbing reverbs and echoes, and trying to find the exact right frequency, it all boiled down to the big day. And on March 17 in a stadium outside Stockholm, what should have been an impossible run suddenly became possible.
Together with Lexter we now have discussions with Parasport Sweden and visually impaired athletes in the Swedish Paralympics squad about making this technology available on a larger scale. To be continued...
Read more about the project at http://theimpossiblerun.com
Big shout-out to Bacon Productions – Nådde, David, Richard, Anna, Rima and everyone else involved in the project, for the million dollar look.