What is it?
How cool would it be if blind or partially sighted people could perceive colours? New techniques have been developed that can now make this happen. Should you be curious about this development, please read on!
Next sense is a technique to expand perceptions with ‘new’ and ‘extra’ senses. For example, Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson invented a camera that translates colours into vibrations that he can “hear”. In this way colours can be perceived. Just think of Braille script, it is also possible to feel letters through that script.
Why it’s Cool?
This is cool because people who are blind or partially sighted can still perceive colours. They can perceive these colours by vibrations emitted by the camera placed on the forehead. This means we don’t necessarily need new tech to ‘see’ because the core focus is now placed on ‘sound’. In addition, the brain of a partially sighted or blind person automatically sharpens other senses, making their hearing sense stronger than an average person’s. The idea of converting colours into sound is therefore more suitable than, for example, focusing on improving sight, if this is still even possible. These advancements could be developed much further so that there are more possibilities to do more in future.
Why it has future growth potential?
The development of converting colour to vibrations can also be translated to vibrations of food. The dish that is served to a person who is visually impaired or blind can be translated into vibrations so that they can perceive their dish. In this manner, visually impaired people will also have the ability to enjoy a luxurious meals too. This technology will make it possible to create the ultimate dining experience for people who are visually impaired or blind.
To me, this is art, the creation of a new sense
— N Harbisson
This is a story of the Futurist Club
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