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Colorblind artist Neil Harbisson is an intrepid “eyeborg” wearer. That’s a device that converts color into audible frequencies, meaning that Harbisson gets to hear a symphony of color, instead of seeing a world only in grayscale. Below, Harbisson’s talk from TEDGlobal2012 gets the graphic treatment in a beautiful chart that shows precisely which colors sound which musical notes for him.

This is our second experiment in  partnership with Brazilian magazine Superinteressante. Each month, the magazine’s editors take a classic TED Talk and give it a visual whirl. Our thanks to Cristine Krist and Ricardo Davino for shedding whole new, er, light on this talk, which you can see in full here. (See the first infographic in this series, illustrating David Blaine’s experiment to hold his breath for an astonishing 17 minutes.)

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  1. […] El sonido del color… (inglés) […]

  2. Reblogged this on SHADES AVENUE / Avenue des Ombres and commented:
    The sound of music to give sight…!

  3. […] The Sound of Color – Colorblind artist Neil Harbisson is an intrepid “eyeborg” wearer. That’s a device that converts color into audible frequencies, meaning that Harbisson gets to hear a symphony of color, instead of seeing a world only in grayscale. […]

  4. […] The Sound Of colors ~ Imagine if the whole world could become a symphony. This was fascinating. […]

  5. […] Harbisson is a living cyborg. I read about this on the TED Talk Blog today along with the infographic by Superinteressante Magazine (above) who have started taking […]

  6. Republicou isso em Idivahhhe comentado:
    Wow! Blew my mind!

  7. […] of the human senses, the Madhouse Research Plus team has discovered this little beauty: an article describing a new invention called “eye-borg”. It is a cybernetic apparatus which fits on the […]

  8. Reblogueó esto en Alejandro Doré.

  9. […] (See also the first infographic in this series, illustrating David Blaine’s experiment to hold his breath for an astonishing 17 minutes. And the great take on the talk in which eyeborg-wearer Neil Harbisson explains how he hears color.) […]

  10. […] to hold his breath for an astonishing 17 minutes. And the great take on the talk in which “eyeborg” wearer Neil Harbisson explains how he hears color. And the hows and whys of effective altruism, in this visual interpretation of Peter Singer’s […]

  11. […] recently inserted an “eyeborg” into his skull, which permits Harbisson to hear colors as sound. The Sound of Colors elaborates upon the specific way in which Harbisson is capable of hearing […]

  12. […] I have been doing visual goal-setting and problem-solving in my own haphazard way for quite some time, unawares that anyone was making a living out of it, offering it to large corporations or writing books on it. It was only recently when I saw Patti Dobrowolski’s TED Talk that I realised the real potential of this thing I did for myself all the time that could be applied in a wider capacity. More on Patti’s work in the next post but those TED talks have done it again. Sparked my interest and caught my attention. I got an email today about their latest venture in collaboration with a Brazilian magazine Superinteressante. Each month, the magazine’s editors take a classic TED Talk and give it a visual whirl. It isn’t visual goal setting or problem solving as such but does show the power of visual images to capture ideas and information. Check an example out for yourself here. […]

  13. […] This image represents how Harbisson hears the colors that most people see. It comes from a TED blogpost called The Sound of Colors. […]

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Helen Walters is the ideas editor at TED. Previously the innovation and design editor at BusinessWeek, she writes about interesting people and what keeps them up at night.

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