Colour Blind People See Colour for the First Time

“Is that PURPLE?”

There’s this company in Berkeley called EnChroma.  It has developed glasses that let colour blind people see colours for the first time.  The results are…I’m trying to avoid the word “spectacular”, because that would be an awful bit of wordplay.

Here are some videos of people trying the glasses for the first time:

(Warning:  Language NSFW.  People get emotional.)

The glasses aren’t cheap.  They run from a little over $300 to about $700 a pair, and judging from the users’ reactions, they’re worth every penny.

The reactions of people trying these glasses for the first time reminded me of some of my youthful experiments with, uh, sound and colour-enhancing pharmaceuticals.   But that was in another country….


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