Shalom Life | October 25, 2014

New Windows App Gives Color to The Color Blind

App developed at Hebrew University helps the color blind distinguish colors using their phone's camera

By: Alexandra Mann

Published: November 9th, 2011 in Business » World

New Windows App Gives Color to The Color Blind

If you were asked to differentiate between hues of camel, mustard or beige you would probably have a hard time doing so, most people would. But for the color blind, telling the difference between blue and yellow can be impossible.

Colorful, a new Windows phone application, says it can act as eyes for the color blind. The app enables users to distinguish colors with the use their phone’s camera – by using filters to change the color schemes and to fit the users color vision deficiency.

If you pointed your camera towards a bunch of apples, the app can tell you weather they are red, yellow or green apples. The app can also help distinguish colors in pictures on social networks like Facebook. Another feature is saving color “tags” for future use, for example, taking a picture of the user’s favorite shirt and saving its color as a tag so that next time the same color will appear in the camera or pictures the app will notify the user.

The app offers several options for color analysis: Standard – which shows the color names (blue, red or green); Extended – which analyzes the hue (maroon, navy and emerald); Artistic – which tries to relate colors to objects (chocolate, asparagus, strawberries.) The app can also analyze colors in printing terms, for example pink is #C76868.

The app was created by three Israeli students in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Edan Bloch, Maayan Negbi and Achia Shaag.

Bloch decided to work on the app when he found out that color blindness is more prevalent than he imagined, between 4 to 10 percent of the population, mostly men, are affected.

The Colorful prototype won Microsoft’s WPAppItUp international student competition. The app is available for Windows Phone 7.5 users for $1.99.

This article is reprinted with permission from NoCamels.

Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup' Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup' TrendingStartup Club: Hello Doctor Startup Club: Hello Doctor TrendingPÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den PÜR Gum Makes Long Lasting Impression on Dragon's Den Trending
 

Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seinfeld Finally Joins Facebook and Instagram [VIDEO]

A hilarious video shows Michael Richards asking Seinfeld to take out Netflix and Hulu.

Read More

Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen and Megan Fox Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’

Rogen and Fox will be co-starring alongside Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Dave Franco

Read More

Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You

October 24, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mila Kunis Dolls Are Coming To a Store Near You

Adorable dolls featuring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in 'Jupiter Ascending' are coming out in January

Read More

Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project

October 24, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Jews Around the World to Take Part in the Shabbat Project

Jews in 460 cities across the world to take part in the inspirational Jewish initiative, including Paula Abdul and Mayim Bialik

Read More

Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup'

October 24, 2014 | By Viva Sarah Press
Wix Named 'Hottest Middle Eastern Startup'

Inc. magazine credits Israeli DIY website creation platform with taking a complicated task and making it enjoyable

Read More

‘Fury’ A Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

October 24, 2014 | By Jason Stack, JNS.org
‘Fury’ A Blistering Account of World War II—Sans the Holocaust

The Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf-starring film essentially omits the brunt of the Holocaust from World War II

Read More

Israeli Company Shows that Energy Does in Fact Grow on Trees

October 24, 2014 | By NoCamels Team
Israeli Company Shows that Energy Does in Fact Grow on Trees

The eTree is a solar-powered urban habitat that is constructed from metal pipes and topped with solar panels

Read More

For the First Time Ever, Women of the Wall Hold Torah Reading at the Kotel

October 24, 2014 | By Kobi Nachshoni
For the First Time Ever, Women of the Wall Hold Torah Reading at the Kotel

Western Wall rabbi says "This will never happen again" after the group managed to smuggle a tiny scroll into the women's section of the Western Wall

Read More

More Headlines