The Eyeborg
Cybernetic Body Apparatus which allow People to Perceive Color Through Sound Waves



 
The Eyeborg
Cybernetic Body Apparatus which allow People to Perceive Color Through Sound Waves

 
To celebrate the launch of their new game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Square Enix have commissioned Eyeborg to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation and ask: how far are we from the future presented in the game?


To celebrate the launch of critically acclaimed video game DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, Square Enix has commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence aka Eyeborg (a self proclaimed cyborg who lost an eye replaced it with a wireless video camera) to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation.

How far are we from the future presented to us in DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION?


An eyeborg or eye-borg is a cybernetic body apparatus which typically fits on the wearer's head, and is designed to allow people to perceive color through sound waves.

It is mostly used by blind people or by people with visual impairments such as color blindness or achromatopsia.

It works with a head mounted camera that reads the colors directly in front of a person, and converts them in real-time into sound waves.

The first eyeborg was created in England in 2003 by Adam Montandon in collaboration with colourblind artist Neil Harbisson.

The invention, under the heading Bridging the Island of the Colourblind Project, won a British award in Innovation (Submerge 2004) and a European award in Content Tools and Interface Design (Europrix 2004).

In 2007, Peter Kese, a software developer from Kranj, Slovenia, made further developments to the eyeborg by increasing the number of color hues to 360 and adding color saturation through different volume levels. Matias Lizana, a student from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is currently developing the eyeborg into a smaller chip as part of his final year project.

The new chip will allow users to hear colors in stereo and to implant the device.