3/12/2006

New Software Tackles Colorblind Challenges

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:33 pm

Like many colorblind people who have adapted all their lives to a particular way of seeing things, Harry Rogers says his inability to discern red and green hasn’t caused him much trouble over the years.

Even so, there is one particular challenge: Making sense of charts, graphs and other colorful material on his computer screen. Sometimes he sees a weather map online and says to himself, “Is it raining or snowing there?”

And so the 48-year-old electrical engineer was eager to try eyePilot, a new program that gives colorblind people several ways to filter multichromatic images on their computer screens.

Move the PC’s cursor over an item, and eyePilot reports what the color is. If the user clicks on a color name, all instances of it on the page will flash. Or one color can be made to stand out by converting the rest of a page to gray and white.

EyePilot also offers the software equivalent of a TV hue knob, allowing users to adjust the overall spectrum of a page until telling contrasts are more easily viewed.

“It’s kind of refreshing that somebody’s looking at it,” said Rogers, who lives in Andover, Mass. EyePilot “has enabled me to do some things that I have not been able to do before.”

Source: AP

 

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