Bus travelers listen for the sound of crickets
July 23, 2008 -- Pedestrians at 19th and Holloway avenues may notice a new addition to their surroundings as they wait for the bus -- the sound of crickets chirping. It's the latest installment in the Sound Web, SF State's network of audible cues that help users, particularly those with visual impairments, navigate the 141-acre campus.
New devices have been installed at the public transportation stop at the corner of 19th and Holloway avenues and at the SF State shuttle stop on 19th Avenue, totaling 11 Sound Web locations on campus. These solar-powered electronic playback devices emit sounds 24 hours a day, distinguishing different campus landmarks: bird calls at campus entrances, wind chimes at pathway intersections, percussion at student facilities and now cricket chirps at public transportation waiting areas.
"It's a pleasant greeting for some and a way finder for others," said Phil Evans, director of campus grounds, who has collaborated with engineering and design students, the Disability Programs and Resource Center and faculty in the Orientation and Mobility program to develop the Sound Web project during the last two years.
-- Elaine Bible
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