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5. Integrating: Hacks 53–61 > 53. Put Timing Information into Sound and Locatio...

Put Timing Information into Sound and Location Information into Light

The timing of an event will be dominated by the sound it makes, the location by where it looks as if it is happening—this is precisely why ventriloquism works.

Hearing is good for timing [Detect Timing with Your Ears] but not so good for locating things in space. On the flip side, vision has two million channels for detecting location in space but isn’t as fast as hearing.

What happens when you combine the two? What you’d expect from a well-designed bit of kit: vision dominates for determining location, audition dominates for determining timing. The senses have specialized for detecting different kinds of information, and when they merge, that is taken into account.


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