Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.
Neil Harbisson’s “eyeborg” allows him to hear colors, even those beyond the range of sight. (ted.com, originally posted July 12, 2012)
(The following excerpt from A Symphony Of Empowerment, Creativity, And Healing by Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., originally appeared August 19, 2013, on psychologytoday.com. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
Many physicists tell us we only “see” a hint of what’s in our world (last calculation I read stated around 5%). Psychology and neurology tell us we are inundated with millions of bits of information per second and can focus on only a fraction.
And then there is Neil Harbisson – born with the inability to see color. He wears, however, a prosthetic device that allows him to hear colors, even those which are beyond the capabilities of human vision. Harbisson has discussed this ability on TEDTalk, referring to how many more colors he realized once his brain was wired to “hear” them. He light-heartedly commented on how he could now pick the colors of his clothes or choose meals according to how they sound. He can also discern whether things are good or harmful through sound.
Makes me wonder just how much good we may be missing until we literally re-wire our brains to tune in.
Harbisson calls the device, which he wears on his forehead, an eyeborg, and it works by transposing light frequencies to sound frequencies.