Colorblindness Corrected

February 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm 1 comment

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Out of all the people you know, how many are colorblind? What would you do if you had the option to be able to see color again?  Well it turns out that Mark Changizi and Tim Barber have made the option of buying $300 glasses that will correct colorblindness.

Mark Changizi came up with the idea that humans’ ability to see colors evolved to detect oxygenation and hemoglobin changes in the skin so they could tell if someone was scared, uncomfortable or unhealthy. With this idea both made the connection between color vision and blood physiology. Mark and Tim decided to develop the 02Amps which are a lens that adjusts the color signal that hits the human eye.

02Amps reads the changes in skin tone brought by flush, bruise, or blanch. Three different lenses were used to help create the product. Oxy-Amp helped boost the general perception of blood oxygenation under the skin, Oxy-lso that isolates and enhances the red-green part of the spectrum, and Hemo-lso that enhances variations along the yellow-blue dimension i.e. veins.

Within two years, they were able to make the glasses by going through a manufacturer, costing $300, which is available at Amazon.com. They wanted to not rely on grants, which is why they went straight to the manufacturers and started to advertise themselves. They have talked with Oakley and Ray-Ban for sunglasses having the technology. Other options include indoor lighting to windows for hospitals and face creams.

Here is the link to the actual page: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/amazing-story-300-glasses-can-cure-colorblindness

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  • 1. philprof  |  February 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    So, you ask, what does this have to do with IT? Plenty. Products like these are created with the help of IT at every step. For example, figuring out the exact alterations to light waves that are needed to produce the right result, designing the shape of the frames and lenses. Someone had to create the software that’s used. Software doesn’t just fall from the sky.

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