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A mobile phone application from Microsoft is designed to help people with color blindness see the world a little bit more clearly. Color Binoculars, created by two Microsoft software engineers (one of whom is colorblind), applies a filter to incoming images, changing the colors on the screen to ones that are easier to distinguish.

Looking at red and green objects through the application (which uses your phone’s camera) will make the reds brighter and more pink and the greens darker, making differences between the two more obvious. It won’t correct the colors: an individual with color blindness will not be able to suddenly see red or green via using the application, but they will be able to distinguish between red and green objects. They might more easily be able to identify that a red and green sweater had a striped pattern, for example, even though they still wouldn’t see red or green as most of us do. (1)

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