Microsoft launches app for colorblind

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

Color Binoculars, seeks to facilitate their way of seeing the world

Microsoft recently launched the "Color Binoculars" app, which will allow color blind people to see the world in a different way.

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Color blindness prevents the sufferers from distinguishing certain colors or it makes them confuse them with others, so it is sometimes difficult for them to see the world.

The app was developed by two engineers of the company Microsoft, one of them is colorblind, which helped him to create something that will really help people who like him cannot distinguish and see all the colors.

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Color Binoculars uses the camera of the cell phone to adjust the colors so that they are easier to distinguish, then translate them into the screen and thus create an improved image for the user.

Tom Overton, Microsoft's color-blind engineer who created the software, commented on the company's blog that he has difficulty distinguishing between red and green, and his app makes the red brighter and the green more obscure, so the differences Become much more obvious.

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The app offers three color modes: Red / Green, Green / Red and Blue / Yellow.

Tingting Zhu and Overton started working on the app during a Microsoft Hackaton in 2015, and later culminated it in the company's "Microsoft Garage" program.

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Microsoft Garage is a company team dedicated to explore and create apps that can work with other operating systems other than Windows, in this case Color Binoculars is available for iOs.

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