Finally, a great reason for RGB lighting: to help deaf players stay in the fight.
This gaming audio tool turns game sound signals into visible lighting surrounding your gaming monitor. Built by Airdrop Gaming, Audio Radar aims to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing stay ahead while gaming.
It works like this: you attach six RGBW LED light bars all around your gaming monitor, and each of those light modules acts as an audio monitor, mapped to the 3D space of your gaming choice.
Suppose you are playing a game where the position of the enemy is paramount. Ideally, in a game like this, you would be able to hear whether footsteps are approaching from in front of you or from behind you, because if you couldn’t, you might find someone stumbling over you without you are very lucky. It’s this kind of positional audio that Audio Radar says it is able to mimic with lights, thus giving those without perfect hearing a better chance of fighting in fair combat.
If these steps are approaching in front of you in the game, the top two LED bars will start to light up and increase in intensity as the steps get closer.
It sounds like a great tool, and it’s encouraging to see such a device primarily targeting the hard of hearing or deaf, with benefits for other gamers in the background.
The product, which is still only an Indiegogo campaign today, is also planned with another device called Control Center. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but beyond the usual features you might expect, it also offers some of the other perks I was talking about, such as an all-white streamer mode for better lighting.
The Audio Rader is also listed with support for Xbox and PlayStation, so whatever device you’re playing on it can prove useful. Some players have already participated in user tests of the product.
“It was a continuous warning system and it worked perfectly for my style of play,” said Jamal, a 100% deaf player.
It’s still early days for Audio Radar, however. While I usually wait and see if anything comes out of this kind of early project, this one definitely looks like a solid idea that could be great for the hearing impaired.
The current Indiegogo product will launch on October 15, 2021, so keep an eye out for it and then this page. If this thing takes off, I could definitely imagine it being built right into a monitor, which is the kind of RGB lighting integration we’d love to see.