Neil Harbisson listen to color

Neil Harbisson born with a rare visual condition called achromatic, which is total color blindness, so he have never seen color, and he don’t know what color looks like, because he come from a gray-scale world.

TED:I Listen to color

He is the most well-known contemporary artist and semi-robotic activist with his skull implanted antenna and used to be officially recognized as a government electronic man.

The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible commons, such as infrared and ultraviolet, by sonic waves. The Internet connection of the antenna allows him to receive the color, image, video, music or telephone of the space directly from the head through an external device such as a mobile phone or a satellites.

2004 passport staff told him that you are not allowed to appear in the British passport for electronic devices, but he insists on requesting a passport office and what they see is actually a new part of his body that stretches his brain He finally accepted his photo with a passport.

Now,Neil Harbisson  felt that we ordinary people there are many colors can not be identified, but the machine can it. So he encouraged more people to use it.This is wonderful!


Video reference:TED
Cover picture reference:Flickr

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. kerrzbo says:

    This is pretty astonishing. I was confused by the featured picture before I read the article. I can’t believe the antenna is implanted in his skull! I can’t imagine what it must be like to hear color. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the whole topic!

    1. xmei01 says:

      Yes, at first I thought he was a performance art. When I saw the TED speech after I know that this equipment can help him identify the color.

  2. rrsn says:

    Wow, this is really impressive!! His art is really personal and create a new vision of colors! I didn’t know him since I read your article, thank you!

  3. moni0626 says:

    This is very Interesting! It is awesome to see how people overcome themselves. It is great see how technology helps people to have a better quality life. Thank you for sharing!

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