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.
The Man Who Hears Color
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