Neil Harbisson, Cyborg Foundation: Perceiving Reality In New Ways
Artist and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson spoke at PSFK CONFERENCE 2013 about living life with extra senses, and his work with the Cyborg Foundation. Harbisson was born with a rare condition called achromatopsia, which meant he was only able to perceive the world in black and white. However roughly 10 years ago, he began to ‘see’ colors with the help of a prosthetic device which translates color into sound. The device, called an ‘eyeborg,’ rests on his forehead, and is comprised of a sensor which translates the light frequencies of color into sound frequencies which he hears via bone conduction; each color has its own frequency, allowing Harbisson to see a full spectrum of hues.