I’ve been excited by the potential of Augmented Reality since Ben Adderson (blog | twitter) first showed me Layar a couple of years ago. The sort of heads-up experience we’ve seen in the movies and the military has become available – with the added bonus of location awareness. The creative use of this technology has kicked up a gear recently but an article I chanced upon via twitter this evening has just blown my mind.
I am colour blind, as were my mum and my aunt. Although I’m aware that I can’t differentiate between certain colours as easily as other people, it’s always been very difficult to describe the experience to anyone else. I’ve been trying for thirty years, and never really come close.
The article considers whether Van Gogh was colour blind by simulating his paintings through the eyes of someone with the condition. Fascinating stuff. But it also mentions the author’s iPhone app, Chromatic Vision Simulator. It’s an Augmented Reality app which shows a view of the colour blind world. To give you some idea of how it works, here are some views around my kitchen. The top image is unprocessed, and the bottom image is close to what I see – in other words, to me, the two images look the same.
I’m delighted because I now have a tool to explain my colour experience. And my wife now really gets why I’m no good at matching colours…