This Colorblind Man Hears Color With An Antenna

This Colorblind Man Hears Color With An Antenna

With the help of a brain implant and an insect-like antenna, Neil Harbisson perceives colors as sounds inside his head. Harbisson is a colorblind artist in London, and a real-life cyborg. Instead of seeing the light frequencies that color-seeing people are able to detect, Harbisson relies on the wearable device implanted in his skull to translate the colors into sound vibrations. In his head, each color has a different note. He now even has the ability to translate songs and other audio into colors using sound frequencies.

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Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    8% of all men of some form of colorblindness. (0:00)

  • 2

    Hitting people in the head, massive doses of vitamin C, and injecting snake venom into the eye were all utilized to cure color blindness during WWII. (1:17)

  • 3

    The color blind have an increase in the overlap of the wavelengths absorbed between their green and red cones. (2:52)

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