"Dr. Lotfi Merabet was a featured speaker at the Dec. 6 Challenges Workshop at MIT. Hosted by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF), the day-long event highlighted cutting-edge research that can produce innovative solutions to help visually impaired people increase their independence and social inclusion."
"Understanding the inner workings of the human brain remains one of the greatest mysteries of modern science and medicine. However, while technology such as modern day brain scanners have allowed for unprecedented views of the brain's anatomy and function, a gap in knowledge has been created for those individuals who are blind. "
"You are equipped with a medical kit, a few grenades, a gun, a knife, your fists, and a computer to analyze your surroundings, and you must make your way through the many levels of the top secret military research base, and shut down the ill-fated experiment." This is how the Shades of Doom website describes the gamer's task. Oh, and there's one more thing: You are blind."
"There are two things that make optometrist and neuroscientist Lotfi Merabet's new computer game unusual: The various rooms and corridors in the game exactly mirror a real place, and players aren't able to navigate by looking at graphics on-screen. Instead, players must rely entirely on different sounds that tell them where doors, walls, jewels and monsters lay in wait."