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Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2014 10:30 PM by AlexMuller

 Wearable technology is proving to be hugely beneficial to people with a variety of disabilities and health conditions. In Berkeley, a group of engineers is developing smart sunglasses that can help color-blind people identify and better discriminate between colors.

 

The startup, called EnChroma, initially received funding for its research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 
It’s a huge potential market. According to the website We Are Colorblind, around 8 percent of the male population of the planet is color blind.
 
For some color-blind people, driving is challenging, as it can be difficult to discern between a red and green traffic light. Former New York Times writer David Pogue is color blind and gave the glasses a try. Pogue doesn’t have any trouble driving, but doesn’t see deep greens and reds.
 
“Yards full of leafy trees and plants suddenly had different shades of green. Everywhere I looked, desaturated or barely discernible red things were popping,” wrote Pogue. “There was a weird sensation of seeing red and green areas in the periphery of my vision.”
 
According to a company spokesperson, color-blind wearers of Enchroma’s smart “Cx Explorer” glasses experience up to a 30 percent improvement in ability to identify colors and a 70 percent improvement in color discrimination.
 
The sunglasses are designed to be worn outdoors in bright light, not artificial light. The company wouldn’t advise wearing them at work, to read, or watch videos on a computer screen.
 
In an email interview, cofounders Don McPherson and Tony Dykes detailed how EnChroma’s technology rivals other products. According to the founders, most products on the market will use strongly tinted red and magenta lenses.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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Wearables are indeed finding their applications in medicine and health in general. This help for coulor blind is another good example- well done
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-22
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I agree about application in medicine. In particular use of Glass in "free hands" situations. Hands-free Google Glass can be really helpful when the hands they free are those of a surgeon. I found that some hospitals are beginning to use Glass in the operating room.
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Posted: 2014-01-22
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This is great and useful application of Google glass. Doctors will want this as soon as possible and will make a difference Reply
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Posted: 2014-01-22
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Yes, Google's glasses are more than just a gimmick. They could solve the problem of not being able to do anything else when looking on screens Reply
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Posted: 2014-01-22
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It is interesting that EnChroma uses a mathematical formula to directly communicate with the brain’s visual system. This system is calculated to help a color-blind person observe the correct ratios the brain needs for normal color vision. Helpful!
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Posted: 2014-01-22
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They are planning to go even further and use the same technology to benefit people with a variety of vision problems. This is something to follow up Reply
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