Neil Harbisson is a color blind artist who thought of a way to “hear” colors instead of just see them. The 31-year-old Londoner has been wearing a special device for 10 years. It detects the frequencies of the colors displayed before him and transforms them into sound vibrations Neil can hear.
However, the artist had recently had the device implanted directly into his scalp. Neil has always been color blind which means the sky, the flowers and everything around him is either grey or black and white. But thanks to the device he became able to “see” colors in his own way. Neil managed to find a surgeon who agreed to carry out the implantation of the chip with the help of an anaplastologist. The artist calls his cyborg antenna “the eyeborg”. One of the long tube’s ends is implanted at the back of Neil’s skull while the other has a camera allowing colors to be transformed into sound. The different vibration of each color enables Neil to distinguish between various paintings, images and faces. What is more he is now able to hear colors such as ultraviolet and infrared which are imperceptible to the human eye. The artist sees his “eyeborg” as a new body part and has even convinced authorities to take his passport photograph with it.