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Microsoft App Tweaks Colors In Real Time For Colorblind People

Color binoculars app

Colorblind people are about to see the world as it truly is through their smartphone camera. Two Microsoft engineers made it possible by developing a mobile app that “translates” images in real time #mobilemagic

Tom Overton, a Microsoft software engineer with color blindness came up with the idea as a way of making his life easier too: “[…] since I have difficulty distinguishing between red and green, our app makes reds brighter and greens darker so that the difference is more obvious. It replaces difficult color combinations, like red and green, with more easily distinguishable combinations, like pink and green.”

Color Binoculars uses the iPhone camera to display footage on the screen and then applies filters according to one of three types of color blindness: red/green, green/red, blue/yellow. Users will see the differences easier, as colors are emphasized by the software.

The app does all image enhancement in real time but can’t save photos or videos after filter application. Users can also turn the filters off and on to see the differences between images.

Check the Microsoft Garage app for iOS here. 

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