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Color blind artist is able to 'hear' colors


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:43 PM

Neil Harbisson has had a special 'eyeborg' device implanted in to his skull that can interpret colors.

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Despite having only ever viewed the world in black and white due to a rare form of color blindness, Harbisson has been able to perceive color using a special device that produces unique vibrations to represent the colors in whatever he is looking at.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:56 PM

His days of eating yellow snow are over! Yay!


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 03:08 PM

Sadly the article explains practically nothing about how the device works.
How does one "hear" a color if color is solely dependent on light waves?

Does the man actually "see" the colors or is he just being told, via a speaker, what color he is looking at?


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

View PostRyu, on 20 March 2014 - 03:08 PM, said:

Sadly the article explains practically nothing about how the device works.
How does one "hear" a color if color is solely dependent on light waves?

Does the man actually "see" the colors or is he just being told, via a speaker, what color he is looking at?

Some people "see" music even though they are sound waves could this be related?


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 05:53 PM

I was a bit disappointed after the article title that a device helps him. Nevertheless electronics interacting with the human senses is the future (and amazing he has been using this for 10 years) for a lot of people with physical debilitations and eventually will eventually enhance the senses of the norm.

Unfortunately looking at the colour mismatch of his jacket and shirt I would guess the device does not work...

Edited by Junior Chubb, 20 March 2014 - 06:04 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:02 PM

I think it induces synesthesia. No idea how that would work, though.


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:50 PM

View PostEldorado, on 20 March 2014 - 01:56 PM, said:

His days of eating yellow snow are over! Yay!

You'd think being color blind wouldn't affect his tastebuds though. Eww.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 03:32 PM

I once had a color-blind art instructor. Sometimes obstacles become the crucible events that lead to greatness. He was a brilliant sculptor.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:41 PM

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Edited by TheGreatBeliever, 23 March 2014 - 12:48 PM.





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