Synesthetic Device Enables People To Hear Colors [Video]
Color frequencies contribute to an elaborate musical symphony of high-pitched notes.
Our eyes differentiate colors by picking up on various light frequencies, but for people who are born with achromatopsia, color needs to be translated into sound before they can experience the vivid world around them. Christopher Yamen’s “Wasiliscope” is the newest device that lets people “hear” colors, representing modern technological improvements that are benefiting human cyborgs who are color-handicapped in life.
The “Wasiliscope” is a telescope-like device that measures light frequencies of different colors, and then translates them into their corresponding sound waves. Despite its easily digestible concept, the “Wasiliscope” hides some pretty complex mechanical techniques. With an embedded camera, the scope analyzes the average frequency of light waves entering the center of the its viewport. The information is then relayed to the scope’s corresponding audible set, which processes it through a triangular wave oscillator and sends it out to the headphones.
While you may be unfamiliar with the idea of “color sounds,” it doesn’t mean you can experience it for yourself. Check out the still demonstration below.
And check out our video from PSFK CONFERENCE 2013 where Neil Harbisson, a sufferer of this disease, demoed his brain implant that allows him to hear color.