Eye-tech TV box helps colour-blind viewers

3rd December, 2014 10:11:33 printer

Eye-tech TV box helps colour-blind viewers

A set-top TV box that can help people with colour blindness better differentiate shades has been developed by a Cambridge firm.
Eyeteq, from University of East Anglia-based company Spectral Edge, alters colours frame-by-frame - without spoiling them for the non-colour-blind.
The technology could also be used on video games, the company said.
A colour-blindness awareness group has called for Eyeteq to be part of all televisions as standard.
The condition affects one in 12 men, and one in 200 women, with red-green colour blindness the most common.
According to Spectral Edge's website: "Eyeteq gently modifies colours in images in such a way that colour-blind observers enjoy both improved visibility as well as the overall appearance."
"With careful design using mathematical perception models," it adds, "we are able to remap colours to maximise discrimination for colour-blind people, at the same as minimising the strength of the effect for non-colour-blind people."

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