Hearing Color - Navigating the Sky


Blind engineering student 'reads' color-scaled weather maps using Cornell software that converts color into sound

ITHACA, N.Y. -- A melody of staccato piano notes sings out from the speakers of Victor K. Wong's desktop computer. But it is not a melody made by Bach, or Liberace, or even Alicia Keys. It is the melody of color.

Wong, a Cornell University graduate student from Hong Kong who lost his sight in a road accident at age seven, is helping to develop innovative software that translates color into sound. "Color is something that does not exist in the world of a blind person," explains Wong. "I could see before, so I know what it is. But there is no way that I can think of to give an exact idea of color to someone who has never seen before."

Source:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/Jan05/Wong.software.to.html


From the press release:

Jan. 21, 2005
Media contact: David Brand
Office: 607-255-3651
E-Mail: deb27@cornell.edu

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