Colorblind Can Hear Color

February 18, 2014 In the News

The sky was blue, the grass was green, and a lemon was yellow…..for normal people, that’s common sense. But for the colorblind, it’s totally different.

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As a kid growing up in Barcelona, Spain, Neil Harbisson could only see in black and white.In fact, he wasn’t totally convinced that colors actually existed. Until he was 11 years old that he learned that he didn’t perceive the world in the same way as most people.

But now, Harbisson can sense color.

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He still can’t see color. But now he can hear them with a device, called the Eyeborg,which he helped create.

The device can detect 360 color the human eye can normally perceive. It also detects infrared light.

 

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“Hearing color changes the way you see everything,” Harbisson says in a Cyborg Foundation video.

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Harbisson says he finds the sounds generated by colors in supermarkets “stimulating.”

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He also turns music, like Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” for example, into vibrant paintings—translating the sounds of the song back into the colors he’s learned to associate with them.

Harbisson says that he is the first legally recognized cyborg in the world, as his passport photo shows him with the Eyeborg attached to his head.

“It’s not the union between the Eyeborg and my head what converts me to a cyborg,” Harbisson says. It’s “the union between the software and my brain. My body and technology have united.”

Harbisson says. “People said that cities were gray—they’re not. They are actually extremely colorful. I’m discovering color in a different way.”

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Even though the colorblind look for the different way to sense the color of world and the joy of life with difficulty, the normal people no excuse to complaint why God is not fair.

share with your friends,if you think that would help the color-blinds to enjoy the colorful world.

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