Microsoft Launched A New App To Help Colorblind People
Colorblindness is not usually a debilitating condition, but, hold on, it is probably the more common than we think, as it affecting peoples globally some 8 percent of the population. In extreme cases, people might wear tinted glasses as well simply to shift the colors they see nearer to real life, but most of them don’t bother.
The tech giant Microsoft brings a novelty that promises to help anyone suffering from color blindness to see the world more clearly: Yes, the Color Binocularsapplication, but, this app is initially created for iOS only, but that can be taken to other operating systems soon.
The application uses the phone’s camera as a lens to change the colors of objects and scenarios. “It is an app that helps colorblind people to distinguish color combinations that they would normally have difficulty distinguishing,” says Tom Overton, program creator, on a Microsoft blog.
“For example, since I have difficulty distinguishing between red and green, our app makes reds brighter and greens darker so that the difference is more obvious. It replaces difficult color combinations, like red and green, with more easily distinguishable combinations, like pink and green” Tom Overton explains.
But, keep in mind that this app can’t fix Colorblindness, but, it will make colors easier to distinguish. The Color Binoculars is a personal project of Overton and was released through Microsoft Garage – internal company laboratory for experimental applications.
Overton said that “I showed it off to my family. I have a cousin who is also colorblind, and he really enjoyed it, also, when I’m cooking and I need to brown meat, I can bust it out so I can tell when it’s not pink anymore!”.
In addition to allowing the color blind people see the actual colors of the objects, the application also allows those who have color blindness see the world in the view of those who have the visual impairment.