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Glasses That Hack Around Colorblindness 97

MatthewVD writes "In 2006, researcher Mark Changizi came up with a novel theory for why humans evolved with color vision: to detect social cues and emotions in others. He built glasses called 02Amps to enhance perception of blood pooling. Some hospitals have tried using the glasses to see bruising that's not visible unaided, or help nurses find veins. But it turns out now that the glasses might be able to fix some forms of colorblindness, too."
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Glasses That Hack Around Colorblindness

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  • Re:Colorblindness? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:04PM (#42792267)

    There's an app for that: []

    Mod+1 UP! 'Dankam' has been a godsend for many people with imperfect color vision.

    I knew a guy who tested with a great aptitude for electronics, but near the end of the course realized he couldn't differentiate between the different color coded wires, instead he got work in home improvement field. This app maybe would've allowed him to pursue that electronics career.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 04, 2013 @09:29PM (#42792473)

    "Anyway, yes, having red/green perception does enable you to see subtle changes in skin tone, etc" - by girlintraining (1395911) on Monday February 04, @07:44PM (#42792113)

    I have this condition (red/green colorblindness) - So, per my subject-line though - & what I meant about that:

    I've always wondered why I could tell folks were about to get very ill (if not die), because their skintone changes, to me @ least, and RADICALLY, when it happens (also when they're about ready to "kick-the-bucket" too) - I've never been wrong about it either.

    In fact, sadly for me - I saw it right before my grandma passed... It was SO apparent to me with her, & so much so, I couldn't bear to look directly @ her!

    She called me to come drive to her home, many miles from mine, just to toss out her trash, which was only a 15 yards perhaps from her front door...

    She needed me to since she was VERY "out-of-it" from having her carotid artery & jugular veins clotted so much, she wasn't getting enough blood to her brain - she described it as what you feel like when you're ready to pass out as best she could to me (& they were afraid to operate to clear it because of her age, 94)...

    This occurred in 2007 perhaps a week before her death.

    I more recently in 2012, also with a tenant of mine recently (who was quite ill & getting worse, and did, due to various things)...

    I am not joking about this either. It actually scares me. It's like seeing the 'grim reaper' coming around...

    Anyhow/anyways: I can't explain it any other way. It'd be like trying to teach a blind man to see the color orange...

    However, on a lighter note: Color-Blindness is useful also is used by the military, since camoflage cannot deceive folks with my type of vision... which also, oddly, messes us up on NORMAL "lantern tests" for color-vision, but also allows us to see that which those with normal color vision, cannot (there are lantern tests for that as well).


    P.S.=> And, there you are - Thank-you for your knowing that (I am assuming it IS truth, because of the things I've noted above)... apk

  • by norpy ( 1277318 ) on Monday February 04, 2013 @10:25PM (#42792845)

    Interesting that the site doesn't render any content at all without javascript, pretty ironic for an article about disabilities.

    I will give them one thing, their content seems to be accessible to someone with a screen reader.

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