Hearing Color

A few months ago I was at JFK and noticed this gentleman in front of me, about to go through security. I noticed his strange head piece and thought it was a fashion accesorry. So happy to stumble upon this video over on Shoko’s blog shedding some light. His name is Neil Harbisson. He is a colorblind artist with a surgically-implanted antenna that allows him to hear color. Wow!

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  1. Wow, that’s incredible!

    I wonder if he knows about the EnChroma glasses? Although ‘m not sure they would work for Neil based on his severe condition.

    We are getting a pair next week when we travel to San Francisco on vacation (nowhere here in the NYC area to purchase as of now) for my boys who are both colorblind (extreme color-deficient, not achromatic).

    It’s a surprise – they have no clue what’s coming!! I’m a little nervous.

  2. He also did a great TED talk about his device and how he sees the world. I love how he dresses so that his outfit sounds good and that he connects people based on sound rather than looks. https://www.ted.com/talks/neil_harbisson_i_listen_to_color?language=en

  3. Very interesting! I do like how he uses it as a great conversation piece. :)

  4. I saw him speak at PSFK a few years ago – such an interesting way to see the world!