Alexandra Mann writes for No Camels.
If you were asked to differentiate between hues of camel, mustard or beige you
would probably have a hard time doing so - most people would. But for the color
blind, telling the difference between blue and yellow can be
Colorful, a new Windows phone application, says it can act as
eyes for the color blind. The app
enables users to distinguish colors with the
use their phone’s camera – by using filters to change the color schemes and to
fit the users color vision deficiency.
If you pointed your camera towards
a bunch of apples, the app can tell you whether they are red, yellow or green
apples. The app can also help distinguish colors in pictures on social networks
like Facebook. Another feature is saving color “tags” for future use, for
example, taking a picture of the user’s favorite shirt and saving its color as a
tag so that next time the same color will appear in the camera or pictures the
app will notify the user.
The app offers several options for color analysis: Standard – which
shows the color names (blue, red or green); Extended – which analyzes the hue
(maroon, navy and emerald); Artistic – which tries to relate colors to objects
(chocolate, asparagus, strawberries.) The app can also analyze colors in
printing terms, for example pink is #C76868.
The app was created by three
Israeli students in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem –
Edan Bloch, Maayan Negbi and Achia Shaag.
Bloch decided to work on the
app when he found out that color blindness is more prevalent than he imagined;
between four to 10 percent of the population, mostly men, are affected.
Colorful prototype won Microsoft’s WPAppItUp international student competition.
The app is available for Windows Phone 7.5 users for $1.99.
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