Englishman Neil Harbisson can rightfully consider himself the first cyborg in the world, thanks to a special antenna implanted in his skull, with which he acquired the ability to distinguish colors.
The fact is that Neil has congenital achromatopsia or complete color blindness, which completely deprived him of the ability to perceive colors. He was helped by modern technologies, with which he is associated by the nature of his work.
Together with Adam Montandon, they developed the Eyebord device, which consists of an antenna connected to a 5 kg computer and headphones. A video camera installed at the end of the antenna "translated" each color into 360 different sound waves, which Neal could listen to through headphones.
This phenomenon is called “induced synesthesia, ” a neurological condition that helps people feel colors. However, in the case of Neil Harbisson, we are talking about sonochromatoxia, when colors are identified using the corresponding sounds.
The first 5 weeks were the most difficult as each sound was accompanied by a headache. For another 5 months, Neil learned to decode and "color" each frequency. Later, Eyebord was improved. The weight of the computer wearable on the body was reduced to 1 kg, the software was loaded into a chip placed under the skin. During the operation, the antenna was installed directly into the skull.
Today, the Nile defines not only colors - red, blue and green, but also light waves of the infrared and ultraviolet spectrum, which are outside the limits of human vision.