PSFK Picks: Top 10 Health Innovations Of The Week
From implants that transform colors into sounds to brian scans that let you spell with your thoughts, we bring you the most innovative stories from the world of wellness research.
PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Ten Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.
Color Blind Artist ‘Sees’ Shades As Sound Through Surgically Implanted Device
Colorblind artist, Neil Harbisson, developed a device he calls an “eyeborg” that rests on the front of his forehead and uses a single sensor to to turn colors directly in front of him into sounds based on a correlation of frequencies and wavelengths. Mr. Harbisson, who was born with a rare condition that limits his color perception to black and white, is planning to have an operation in September that will permanently connect his eyeborg listening device to his skull. Currently, the device is pressed to the base of his head with extremely high pressure so as to allow the sounds to reverberate along his skull to his eardrums, making headphones unnecessary. His upcoming surgery will connect the eyeborg to his body through three screws in his skull and will take his body about two months for the bone to heal around the implant.