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Man with antenna is able to 'hear' colors


Posted on Monday, 7 March, 2016 | Comment icon 7 comments

Harbisson is the world's first known cyborg. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dan Wilton/The Red Bulletin
Neil Harbisson has the ability to listen to colors around him using a device implanted inside his skull.
Born colorblind, Harbisson had been doomed to a life in black and white until, dissatisfied with his condition, he 'hacked' his own body by having a special antenna attached to the inside of his head.

The remarkable device is able to convert colors in the world around him in to sounds which he is able to pick up and mentally translate in to a concept of color that his eyes are unable to provide.

Within just three years Harbisson had managed to completely memorize the sounds associated with every single color and was even able to pick up infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths as well.

In addition to producing his own unique artwork, the 33-year-old remains a firm advocate of the transhumanism movement which seeks to upgrade the human body with technology.

In the future he also hopes to adapt and improve the technology used in his antenna so that it can translate other things, such as the taste of food on a plate, in to sound as well.

Whether implants of this kind will ever become commonplace however remains to be seen.


Source: Discovery News | Comments (7)

Tags: Neil Harbisson, Implant

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 7 March, 2016, 21:14
Bad enough feeling blue without hearing it too.
Comment icon #2 Posted by simplybill on 8 March, 2016, 3:57
Good article. Thanks for posting.
Comment icon #3 Posted by coolguy on 8 March, 2016, 4:40
Interesting story
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 8 March, 2016, 15:05
It's rare that anyone has color blindness this complete. The typical type is red/green. I glad he has found a way to enjoy colors without being able to see them. I wonder what the range is for the implants and how he can concentrate on just one item. If it's in the full article I apologize as I didn't read it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by nothingGOOD on 8 March, 2016, 17:46
he should buy enchroma glasses so can see color many colorblind can see now with enchroma glassses
Comment icon #6 Posted by Atuke on 8 March, 2016, 17:58
I can hear and feel colors too after dropping some acid whilst tripping to Dark Side of the Moon
Comment icon #7 Posted by Darkenpath25 on 8 March, 2016, 20:29
I think someone is on a acid trip


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