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Microsoft develops app for colour blind people

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A new app 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.

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People with color blindness have difficulties distinguishing between colors. Usually this manifests as an inability to distinguish between red and green, and sometimes blue and yellow.

People see colors thanks to structures in their eyes called cones, which let us see variations on three colors; red, green, and blue.

When one of those types of cones is altered (usually color blindness is an inherited trait) then it becomes more difficult for an individual to distinguish between two colors.

 

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