Neil Harbisson, the son of an Irish father and Catalan mother, was born in London on 27 July 1982, and lived there until the family moved to Mataró, Catalonia.
As a child, he had difficulty distinguishing between colours, and he was thought to be colour-blind. It was not until he was eleven years old that, after a series of eye tests, he was diagnosed with achromatopsy, an irreversible visual impairment preventing him from seeing any colours. Instead, he sees things in shades of grey.
The Eyeborg is an electronic device that allows colours to be perceived as sounds. It was developed by Neil Harbisson and Adam Montandon in 2004.
It is a small sensor placed at eye level, held in place with a cable that transports colour information to a computer or chip. The electromagnetic light waves are turned into sound frequencies that are heard as musical notes.
To learn the different combinations of colour and sound, Neil memorised the frequencies associated with each colour: high frequency colours have high notes and low frequency colours have low notes.
With Eyeborg sonochromatic perception, Neil can hear colours and see musical notes. This has been an important source of inspiration for him in different kinds of artistic creativity. These range from performances and stage work to paintings and musical compositions based on the connection between colour and sound.
The Eyeborg app is a mobile application that places the experience of being a cyborg like Neil Harbisson into your hands. Listen to the sound of colours and create and share your own colour scores!
The app intends to recreate the metaphor of the phone being Neil's "eyeborg". It enables the user to experiment through the phone the same sensations that Neil feels. What the app does is capture colours using the phone's camera, analyze them and transform them into a sound/frequency that will be played through the speaker. Capturing a few pixels from the center of the image, you are able to listen to all the different colours.
Eyeborg APP is a mobile application that displays one of the key parts of the transmedia project about Neil Harbisson, a sonochromatic cyborg. ESPILL Media, responsible for the idea, concept, design and development of the entire project and all platforms related, is a production company focused on the production of interactive and transmedia works based in Vic founded in 2013 by four partners.