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Video game for the blind released

Three Master of Arts students studying music technology at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands released Tuesday a racing game intended for blind children aged 10 to 14 named "Drive." The game, developed by Sander Hiuberts, Richard van Tol and Hugo Verweij in cooperation with the Bartim?us Institute for the blind, is entirely sound-based and challenges players to test the maximum speed of an experimental vehicle named "the shuttle."

The shuttle in the game moves along a fixed track, and players--aided by audio cues from co-pilot Bob--have to pick up and activate boosters to reach the highest speeds possible within a time limit. Two versions are now available for download from the SoundSupport Web site.

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