Microsoft Soundscape

Microsoft Soundscape

By Microsoft Corporation

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2018-02-28
  • Current Version: 2.3.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 245.13 MB
  • Developer: Microsoft Corporation
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
Score: 4.23377
From 77 Ratings


Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings. Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks, roads and other features in your surroundings. You will need a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing outdoors. For example, bone conduction headsets, Apple AirPods and in-ear open headphones have proven to work well. Soundscape is designed to live in the background and provide you with effortless ambient awareness. Therefore, feel free to use it in conjunction with other apps such as podcasts, audio books, email and even GPS navigation. Key features: - As you walk, Soundscape will automatically call out the key points of interest, roads and intersections that you pass. These can be adjusted and turned on and off. - An audio beacon can be placed on a point of interest, and you will hear it as you move around. You can place an audio beacon on a point of interest that you would like to track such as your destination, a point to return to or a landmark you are familiar with. - “My Location” describes your current location and the direction you are facing. - "Nearby Markers" describes nearby places you have marked. - “Around Me” describes nearby points of interest in each of the four cardinal directions, helping with orientation. Try this out when getting off a bus or leaving a train station. - “Ahead of Me” describes points of interest in front of you, for example when walking down the street. - The expandable Callout History section lets you review callouts you have heard, repeat callouts, hear more information about them, and more. We hope you enjoy the experience. We believe that this kind of technology offers a new way to relate to the environment around you and we can’t wait to hear what you make of it. If at any time you have any questions about Soundscape, please refer to the Help & Tutorials section available on the main menu or if you require further help then you can contact the Disability Answer Desk on 1-800-936-5900 which is a free of charge service.



  • Very good app.

    By igorkaplan
    Very good and useful app!
  • Promising but needs work

    By MuxaLuxa
    Testing out for a visually-impaired loved one. Concept is amazing and very exciting, but still has a ways to go. Often too slow/late on announcing intersections in downtown Manhattan, which is disappointing as this is the most appealing feature of the app for navigation. Would be nice to be able to further categorize callouts. Biggest request: Please please please enable audio ducking or some kind of volume control for the voice! VIP like listening to music etc while walking just like the rest of us, and it’s not currently possible with extreme volume difference between voice and most music. Also, PLEASE consider pairing with or implementing Bose AR support in the near future (Bose Frames, etc)—with that increased spatial accuracy, this could be an amazing pairing!
  • Great concept but has many issues

    By Lyra M. T.
    I am visually impaired and thought I’d try out this app. It’s a great concept but here are some problems I’ve noticed. First, I tried using it at an outdoor shopping outlet, but Soundscape wouldn’t recognize individual stores within the outlet and would only direct me to the outlet itself and the shops on the very outside of it. Another issue I had was with malls. I used it at my local mall and it cannot pinpoint the stores within the mall. I tried to set my own beacon in a specific store, but the app doesn’t work in a multi-level building. I was on the second floor and the app didn’t recognize that and didn’t direct me to stairs. As a visually impaired person, I know that navigating through a mall can be difficult and this app isn’t much help.
  • It’s beta, but with so much potential

    By OkayLady
    I am not visually impaired. U I downloaded the application because I wanted to see what it was like to get an awareness of my surroundings in a completely different way. So on my vacation, I used the Soundscape app to navigate my way around a tourist destination. It was really fascinating to have streets, stores and other landmarks pointed out to me that I had never noticed before. I was using soundscape in conjunction with the “What 3 Words” app to pin markers to exact locations instead of street addresses. I think this technology has huge potential for the sighted, to draw our attention to overlooked resources or points of interest when a roulette are in surroundings that are visually overwhelming such as dense urban environments or in crowds.
  • ottima e utilissima app!!

    By rudyf69
    speriamo arrivi presto anche in ITALIANO :)
  • Love

    By wetfrog
    This is a great amazing app. I understand that its new and beta stage but what i do not understand is why this is not available for iwatches? I was so excited when i tried this out on my iPhone and was so amazed that i thought, ok now i have to get an iwatch! It is a huge pain using my white cane and iphone at the same time. Why no iwatch support?
  • Great idea, poorly implemented

    By Hafík
    The idea of sound navigation aid is ingenious. However, this app comes short in almost every aspect of its implementation. The app is not functional without a network connection. No way to download regions for offline navigation. The app can't even determine your location when you're offline. The app is not able to navigate along a previously recorded route. It can only navigate to a single point -beacon. There is neither a way to automatically navigate along a string of predefined beacons. Markers are great, however, you never know how close you need to be to a given market to hear about its proximity. For some markers you really want to be close, for others, you just may want to know that they are near. The app claims to be mostly for people with impaired vision. It doesn't have to be. It could be used to navigate in dense forests, in the dark, in the fog or snow storm. Sound navigation clearly has much larger potential. Actually, one has to wonder if this kind of sound navigation is not severely limiting audio stream a person with reduced vision needs to proced in order to stay safe in a busy city environment. The constant sound distraction coming from this app could prevent its user from, let's say hearing a incoming car when crossing a street. What is also very frustrating is that there is nobody listening to user feedback. Well. That's a normal large corporation way.
  • Incredible concept and worth trying

    By Sfxmaker that way it’s a 5 star app. But it’s not perfect yet. It gets confused a lot which way you’re facing. (probably a hardware issue). Ideally it should work with the phone in my pocket but the phone’s compass doesn’t work well that way....the hardware issue. The interface is a little confusing and it’s not always clear which app mode you should select by default and when / why you would use one of the other modes. One suggestion: This app is very useful when you are in an unfamiliar place, especially in a place where you should keep your phone out of sight. Being able to utilize headset remote functions to control the app would be helpful. i.e. tie the headset remote fast forward function to trigger a one shot what’s around me when running in what’s ahead of me mode
  • Excellent

    By oar315
    This has worked wonders for friends with visual Disabilities, it also helped me when I need help walking somewhere new. Works amazing.
  • Cool for my phone only

    By Marie-Dorette
    Nice to use on iPhone but no iPad version? Can’t download it on iPad.