We have watched some movies and listened to some songs and am sure in the process of enjoying the movie and song the word “cyborg” has popped up one or two times if not many. Cyborg does actually have a meaning, and is not like those fictional terms such as “droids” meaning robotic machines, found in the Star wars movie sequel.
Cyborg is short for “cybernetic organism”, meaning a being with both organic and artificial parts. Technology has come to a great deal, and has assisted those with medical disabilities be able to live life like normal human beings. Technology strikes again. This article shall feature the “Cybernetic Extension” more often referred to as Eyeborg. The ability to see with your ears.
There are some people who have a color vision disorder, referred to color agnosia which is the inability to perceive color. This disorder is associated with the medical syndrome referred to as Achromatopsia. People with Achromatopsia are not able to appreciate the beauty depicted in color, as everything to them is black and white. Imagine not being able to see color and all that you see is black and white. Thanks to technology, people with Achromatopsia are able to hear color.
The Eyeborg is a cybernetic extension which is designed to allow people to perceive color through sound waves, hence the ability to listen to color. The Eyeborg typically fits onto the wearer’s head, and has a sensor attached at the front of the person’s head, and a chip installed at the back of the head. The sensor senses color of different frequency and sends it to the chip which converts it in real time into sound waves which is propagated through bone conduction. This way one is able to perceive color
Neil Harbisson who is suffering from Achromatopsia was among the first to spear head the use of the cybernetic extension. He has been able to use this cybernetic extension effectively and enjoy the beautiful colors life has to offer. Neil Harbisson wears this cybernetic extension throughout his life, to the point that it has become part of his body, he never takes it off. The Eyeborg is widely recognized to the point that even the photo on his passport shows him wearing the Eyeborg, and we know how for passport photos one is not allowed to even have spectacles on the photo. With the cyborg, Neil Harbisson does not “dress to look good” as most of us do, but instead he “dresses to sound good“.
The Eyeborg is just one of many technological devices that has helped people suffering with condition such as Achromatopsia enjoy life to the fullest. Technology is making many advances in the medical world, and it has its ups and downs but overall it has helped make the medical field preserve more lives and ensure people with lifelong conditions enjoy what life has to offer.
You can view which color represents which frequency for Wikipedia