The project was funded by NESTA, an independent charity organization in the United Kingdom. To test out his product, Spiers partnered with the British theater company Extant, and adapted a version of Flatland--a satirical novel about a fictional two-dimensional world--around the Animotus device. Audience members, both sighted and visually impaired participants, became the actors and were guided around a pitch-dark stage (which happened to be the inside of an old church). They followed the Animotus device's instructions to reach various destinations. In addition, participants listened to other actors read the narrative and heard sound effects that told the rest of the story. By the end of the play, participants became so comfortable with their Animotus devices that they didn't want to give them up, said Spiers. "It was quite endearing for me to see them become so attached to to the device."