An eyeborg, apparatus that fits on the wearers head and is designed to allow users to perceive colors through sound waves helps color blind artist Neil Harbisson ‘hear’ colors by picking frequencies as is claimed by him.
The 31yr old artist from London, born with achromatospia a rare condition of perceiving only black and white colors has successfully implanted an electronic chip into his skull that allows him to hear different shades in the form of sound vibrations. The device consist of a camera that curls over top of Harbisson’s head like an antenna , and functions by converting the color input into particular sound notes, which is a process similar to synaesthesia in science.
Previously the eyeborg transmitted sounds to Harbisson on pressing an audio unit against base of his head to reverberate sounds through his skull to his eardrums; however the new implanted version helps him to receive more nuanced signals directly conveyed to his ear having a greater depth of color perception. The new wifi and blue tooth connectors in the chip also paves ways to a newer discovery of inputting colors into a person without actually using cameras. The newly developed version of eye-borg not only helps increase the distinction between colors but also gives the wearers a whole new experience of living life amidst vibrations.