The vOICe for Android APK

Version 2.55 - vOICe.vOICe
Last updated: 2020-07-29

The vOICe for Android apk

APP Information

Download Version 2.55 (308)
Apk Size12.37 MB
App DeveloperPeter Meijer
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android4.4.x and up
App PackagevOICe.vOICe.apk

Download The vOICe for Android 2.55 APK

App Description

The vOICe for Android is voice,education,android, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 5 by 1 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit Peter Meijer website who developed it. vOICe.vOICe.apk apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 4.4.x and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 2.55 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 790+ times on store. You can also download vOICe.vOICe APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

See with your ears! The vOICe for Android maps live camera views to soundscapes, offering augmented reality and unprecedented visual detail for the totally blind through sensory substitution and computer vision. Also includes live talking OCR, a talking color identifier, talking compass, talking face detector and a talking GPS locator, while Eye-D and Google Lookout object recognition can be launched from The vOICe for Android by tapping the left or right screen edge.

Is it an augmented reality game or a serious tool? It can be both, depending on what you want it to be! The ultimate goal is to provide a form of synthetic vision to the blind, but sighted users can simply have fun playing the game of sight-without-eyesight. Visually impaired users with severe tunnel vision can try if the auditory feedback helps them notice changes in the visual periphery. The vOICe for Android runs on smartphones and tablets, but is also compatible with most smart glasses, using the tiny camera in these glasses and a special user interface to generate a live sonic augmented reality overlay, hands-free! You may want to use an external battery connected via USB cable to keep the smart glasses battery from draining too quickly. You can help us by blogging and tweeting about your experiences, your use cases, and about how *you* learn to see with sound.

How does it work? The vOICe uses pitch for height and loudness for brightness in one-second left to right scans of any view: a rising bright line sounds as a rising tone, a bright spot as a beep, a bright filled rectangle as a noise burst, a vertical grid as a rhythm. Best used with stereo headphones for the most immersive experience and most detailed auditory resolution.

Just experiment with simple visual patterns first, because real-life imagery is extremely complex. Randomly drop a bright item such as a DUPLO brick on a dark table top, and learn to reach for it through sound alone (close your eyes if you have eyesight). Next try and explore your own safe home environment, and learn to associate the complex sound patterns with what you already know is there. Sighted users can also use the app with Google Cardboard compatible devices through a swipe-down on the main screen to toggle the binocular view.

For serious users: learning to see with sound is like learning a foreign language or learning to play a musical instrument, really challenging your perseverance and brain plasticity. It may well be the ultimate brain training system, bridging the senses through artificial synesthesia. A general training manual for The vOICe (not specific to the Android version) is available online at

and usage notes for running The vOICe for Android hands-free on smart glasses are at

Why is The vOICe free? Because our foremost goal is to make a real change by lowering barriers to use as much as we can. You will find that competing technologies cost upwards of $10,000 and yet have lower specs. The perceptual resolution offered by The vOICe is unmatched even by $150,000 "bionic eye" retinal implants (PLoS ONE 7(3): e33136).

The vOICe for Android supports English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Arabic (menu Options | Language).

Please report bugs to [email protected], and visit the web page for detailed description and disclaimers. We are on Twitter at @seeingwithsound.

Thank you!

App ChangeLog

  • v2.55: Fix for talking locator not updating locations (street names) on some devices.
  • v2.54: 2-finger area selection in tactile graphics mode extended to talking OCR, for instance for use in reading axis labels in graphs.
  • v2.53: Fix for snapshots not showing up in gallery (though they were still stored in private storage). Replaced autofocus graphical button on main screen by edge detection toggle. New experimental sound rendering, toggled by pressing capital 'C' (see?).

App Screens

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requires following permissions on your android device.

approximate location (network-based)
Allows the app to get your approximate location. This location is derived by location services using network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. These location services must be turned on and available to your device for the app to use them. Apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.

precise location (GPS and network-based)
Allows the app to get your precise location using the Global Positioning System (GPS) or network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. These location services must be turned on and available to your device for the app to use them. Apps may use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power.

view network connections
Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

view Wi-Fi connections
Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

take pictures and videos
Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.

full network access
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

change your audio settings
Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.

run at startup
Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

record audio
Allows the app to record audio with the microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.

control vibration
Allows the app to control the vibrator.

prevent phone from sleeping
Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.

modify or delete the contents of your SD card
Allows the app to write to the SD card.

receive data from Internet
Allows apps to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app's service. Using this service will incur data usage. Malicious apps could cause excess data usage.

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Google Play Reviews

  1. Anurag Korg-avatar

    Anurag Korg


    It's good but I feel there is scope for improvement. Can the image to sound conversion be made more accurate. The sample rate could be slowed down. As accuracy is more important than speed.can more tones and pitch variations be produced so that a blind person create a more detailed picture of the visual information. I really like this idea it is awesome, But I hope that you could make a better more accurate version of this. It can be real blessing and game changer for the blind.

  2. Victor Tsaran-avatar

    Victor Tsaran


    This app allows visually impaired users to explore the world in a very different way from what you would expect. While it may seem daunting for novices, the app challenges some of the basic assumptions about the perceptive abilities of people who are blind or have low vision. Additionally, vOICe offers other interesting tools that may serve as helpful navigation aids for blind users. Last but not least, vOICe is a great research project that has a very committed team behind it and this in itself deserves 5 stars!

  3. Kathy Kathy-avatar

    Kathy Kathy


    Easiest to use text reader ever.....The reader on this is the best i have found for food cans and real world text...the other functions are pretty amazing but beyond the scooe of my know how... I THINK that a person could change their mobility and independance if they learn how to use it. The only issue i have is that when doing a cold boot the app refuses to activate camera unless wifi is availible EVEN ThOugh it runs PERFECTLY in airplane mode as long as it was started with wifi.

  4. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    First used app on Android 2 years ago and was very basic+ hard to use.Wow how it has improved,its not too difficult to learn and interpret basic changes of environment from sounds.If you had to rely on this 24/7 as sight impaired person im sure it would be big help once you begin to learn what the sounds and clicks represent.The spoken location, navigation color functions are good.Best this app used on 3D with headphones. maybe used on remote spec mounted camera would enhance this app greatly

  5. Orwell Dour-avatar

    Orwell Dour


    Simply amazing software with so many features and use cases, thanks to all involved for making this software free to the public instead of selling it for some sick amount of money.

  6. Stephen Walters-avatar

    Stephen Walters


    Needs user interface refinement, but very interesting as a source as weird sound effects.

  7. Catharina Mestichelli-avatar

    Catharina Mestichelli


    Seems like a nice app but we're looking for a voice over to navigate the phone

  8. Johna G.-avatar

    Johna G.


    Great color finder, but busy interface & irritating noises make it difficult to use

  9. The awesome Gamer-avatar

    The awesome Gamer


    I hated it it keeps crashing and this app is stupid

  10. the blind voice-avatar

    the blind voice


    very nice app thank you for such nice app

  11. 乃ㄥ丨几ᗪ乃卂ㄒ-avatar



    Hi, I don't know how use the app. Is there a place where I can read the instructions?

  12. Juan Carlo N Zubieto-avatar

    Juan Carlo N Zubieto


    It is so cool

  13. Todor Marinov-avatar

    Todor Marinov


    Thanks a lot.

  14. Arsal Nadeem-avatar

    Arsal Nadeem


    This application really sucks. Why do you guys lie about something? This application is nothing but loud noise. Do try it if you want to blast your ears for nothing.

  15. Oppong kyekyeku Wilberforce-avatar

    Oppong kyekyeku Wilberforce


    Fools ,find better job and do,fools

  16. m ramon sarker-avatar

    m ramon sarker



  17. Anupam Mondal-avatar

    Anupam Mondal


    Not understand

  18. Jaydeep Patidar-avatar

    Jaydeep Patidar


    Can you please tell what algorithm you used for this , bcoz right now we are working on stereo vision to get exact data.

  19. Pranav Lal-avatar

    Pranav Lal


    I have been a user of the vOICe for several years. It is the only way to get vision without surgery. It has allowed me to see what I cannot touch such as the interaction of light and shadows on water, a rising Geyser in Iceland etc. I can also do other things like read the address of my house when I approach it, see where I am going and navigate a busy office. Many people have asked me how long does using the vOICe take to learn. The answer is that I am still learning. You can get usable results in about 15 minutes of training. I do not mean that you will begin to interpret complex soundscapes but you can learn to track the changes in sounds indicating that your environment has changed and if you use lights, you can track if they are on or off. That is handy if you are living with sighted people and also in reducing your electricity bill. The built-in OCR is an immediate win which is how I read my house number.

  20. Anil Jain-avatar

    Anil Jain



  21. Brad Taylor-avatar

    Brad Taylor


    Simply amazing. I'm not blind, but I can negotiate a bit with it on and my eyes closed. Just a great example of where technology is taking us.

  22. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Use less

  23. Davis Devasia-avatar

    Davis Devasia


    I had some problem with using an external wifi camera from D-link with this app. I reported the same and I got it solved in a single day!! Nice app and nice people.

  24. Andrei Toroplean-avatar

    Andrei Toroplean


    This app needs a better, more easily understandable user interface. And also optimization, lots of it, because now it's a huge battery drainer.

  25. James Matheson-avatar

    James Matheson


    I need ar to have schedules on my bionic eye identical to terminator style glasses

  26. keith taylor-avatar

    keith taylor


    YOU GET 555 stars !

  27. Shamah Dassu-avatar

    Shamah Dassu



  28. Joseph Ali-avatar

    Joseph Ali


    Hi, I like the app very much !! ..... I have an idea developed this App , so I really would like to get the source code from you if possible!

  29. Ninja Gang-avatar

    Ninja Gang


    Lisa your blind so how did you know what you were typing?

  30. Aoide Aoede-avatar

    Aoide Aoede


    Great app! Feedback to the developer resulted in almost immediate patching, which alone already makes this app a top one! Four stars instead of five only because of the default settings which demonstrate extensively what this app is capable of, but which also make the interface appear crowded (which in turn may provide a steep learning curve for the visually impaired). Thank yóu, Peter!

  31. Lisa Mcgregor-avatar

    Lisa Mcgregor


    See. with your ears. I'm blind glad to know someone is trying to make life for blind people better n my past its been really hard when u tell people u vision impaired they don't get it all they understand is u do see or u don't see at all if urban someone who sees very little sighted people just don't understand u at all the place where I use to live made me move customers to them I was a liability now I have a good and fair landlord for that I'm truly grateful I'm happy to see there is a light at the end

  32. Jordan Fung-avatar

    Jordan Fung


    This app is very nice, glad to have it for free Just wondering how sighted person will see using this app?

  33. Steven Mutter-avatar

    Steven Mutter


    Excellent app, excellent developer communication. This is a must-have app!

  34. Arie Anshari Murad-avatar

    Arie Anshari Murad


    A must-have app for the blind. A set of tools in one package.

  35. showket hussain-avatar

    showket hussain


    Amazing and funny application.

  36. Meat Cupcakes-avatar

    Meat Cupcakes



  37. James Wilfer-avatar

    James Wilfer


    Really nice apps

  38. Rahul Navghane-avatar

    Rahul Navghane


    Good try

  39. Jimmy Mayfield-avatar

    Jimmy Mayfield


    I love this app

  40. Sonu Upadhyaya-avatar

    Sonu Upadhyaya


    Helpful for blinds till some limit but nice try!!!

  41. Darko Jeftić-avatar

    Darko Jeftić


    Amazing work, thanks

  42. SHIVANI TYAGI-avatar



    Good but old version

  43. Josh Kennedy-avatar

    Josh Kennedy


    With the voice for Android I'm having trouble figuring out how to use the camera feature I'm having trouble making it recognized text. For some reason the radio button says 1 radio button checked and it will not tell me what, I'm using whether it's the rear facing camera or the front facing camera on my Nexus 7 tablet I miss you could improve this application for use with the Nexus 7 tablet I would appreciate it and it would help me out a lot for people who use those kinds of tablets. Thanks and have a good day. I was dictating the last comment um I meant to say it would be nice if you could improve it would be nice if you can prove this application for you for the Nexus 7 tablet. Sorry I guess the dictation is having a little bit of trouble. Um hopefully it'll get cleared up pretty soon but other than that I think this application is a very good program and it works very good on the Nexus 7 tablet barring some of the issues that I've been having.

  44. Amol Dhake-avatar

    Amol Dhake


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  45. Surendra Gupta The Blind YouTuber-avatar

    Surendra Gupta The Blind YouTuber


    Amazing app!

  46. hazel nicholl-avatar

    hazel nicholl


    so good

  47. AmelCollins-avatar



    Its ok I guess. Just wish it was like the one Apple can download

  48. Ian Acosta-avatar

    Ian Acosta


    Does everything I expected to do plus more. I am going to enjoy having a different perspective.

  49. Joan Kamaru-avatar

    Joan Kamaru


    Some time ago we made a Black and White Art Show. It was held on the virtual world of Second Life where visitors could buy artworks created for Peters software. Virtualart can be saved to computer and printed out for experimenting with.

  50. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This is awsm! Man, the possibilities of this helping the blind are amazing, though I thought the fact that they had to carry it up to point at the stuff was a tiring shore for them, and also the fact that they would be showing their device on their hands about 70 -90 cm's from their faces seemed like a getting mugg'd risk, but imagine this app on Google glasses or something similar a bit less "flashy" and recognizable, once the hardware is out, this is gonna be an amazing tool. The potential is huge.

  51. Emlyn Tilley-avatar

    Emlyn Tilley


    Thought id try this and see how it works, after a small amount using it you can distinguish door ways ect and can see how it would be useful for blind people after a bit of training.

  52. V S-avatar

    V S


    Picks up faces pretty well. An interesting way to represent images in audio though it is hard to distinguish horizontal objects.

  53. Sassine Ghantous-avatar

    Sassine Ghantous


    Love it. Use it for night vision goggles too XD

  54. G speed Lead-avatar

    G speed Lead


    amazing app

  55. zfj xyx-avatar

    zfj xyx



  56. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user



  57. Rachel Entwistle-avatar

    Rachel Entwistle


    And yes, for those idiots out there, I am blind and own a touchscreen smartphone. Nice to see innovation in the market!

  58. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This is an amazing app. I've only scratched the surface of it's potential. You are the MAN!

  59. Hemp Inc-avatar

    Hemp Inc



  60. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I can't believe this is available for general installation. Meijer, you are a true pioneer alongside Bach-y-Rita, and I take my hat off to you for not charging a cent for this.

  61. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    How to use this app???war is its use...

  62. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I can't believe people comment without knowing anything or give bad ratings if they're too stupid to understand how to use it. Don't rate apps just to see your name there and say something. This app works, it does what it's supposed to and would greatly help a blind person if you knew how the brain adapts and how you can use echo location. It deserves full stars because of these things, not one because you don't understand what it's for or because you didn't read the description. Actually a useful app!

  63. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This has the potential to be a powerful and unbelievably useful tool for everyone, not just the blind, though the visually impaired could probably offer more help to improve upon it than many. I hope those who made this possible continue to improve on it. I would like to help too. Great job so far!!!

  64. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    So I am

  65. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I don't understand what this does but its pretty freaky lol

  66. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Great app, but I wish it had a graphing calculator function similar to the Winblows version.

  67. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    It's a fun toy. I wouldn't want to have to use it though if I were blind. The human brain adapts to blindness by improving hearing abilities, without the need for virtual reality.

  68. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I dont get it.

  69. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I Can walk around my house with this :D

  70. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Looks cool but didn't work for me on jellybean

  71. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This App seems cool but I'm not very sure how it works. :/

  72. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This app is great, after spending some time with this app I've learned to walk around my house. This is very cool.

  73. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This is the most incredible app IV ever used.

  74. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I downloaded the app just to say this...trevor....ur an idiot.... if you understood anything about the app or had any common sence, your rate would be different..... dont talk crap like you think you know somthing when really your clueless...if anyone wanna see wat he said...he is like 4 comments

  75. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Yooo that's hilarious .. this guy Trevor thinks this app should work in the dark.. lmao wow people just don't fu#king read anymore! Lazy f#cks!!

  76. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This is a great idea just replace the sounds with spoken words.

  77. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    It is best

  78. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This is great for traveling. I have had great luck know where I am when out traveling. Have not practiced w soundscaping.

  79. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Great app. And that guy 2 down is sooo ignorant that its almost funny!

  80. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Very good app,dont min the dumbasses rhat do not get the point of the app,it uses your camera an describes it with sound,its not an the description before uou rate jackasses

  81. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Fake if it seen with sound it would work in the dark. I uninstalled. Mabey its real but just cant see in dark. It would still see. Scientific facts states that sound travels farther in dark than in light.take in to consideration that there are such things as nerds.

  82. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Your icon looks like a butt!

  83. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    This may prove to be useful. Ill pass the word on to my school and stuff.

  84. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Kinda helps to learn echo location but barely. If you could add a perfect click function I would use it 24/7

  85. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Full points for the innovation and effort!

  86. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Dumb needs headphone

  87. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Very fun, if you draw on paper you can make little melodies!

  88. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Wat the heck is this!?

  89. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I tried it out. I was able to determine the location of a light colored cube on a dark background. Very interesting.

  90. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Amazing and innovative.

  91. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    The best app ever what is it

  92. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    after i successfully uninstalled it my speaker was dead!!! i did "master Reset", took out the battery, and only then i got my cell back! Samsung Capt.

  93. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    It was really crappy

  94. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I love the idiots that rate this down not understanding what this is or how it works.

  95. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user



  96. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Update! Amazing effort. Tactal graphics could user better separation. Thank you!

  97. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Great app, I see some good progress if more work is put to this, n yet it's free :)

  98. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    Its cool

  99. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user



  100. A Google user-avatar

    A Google user


    I see great potential with this software. Not sure how the blind is going to use touch screen interface.