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When Neil Harbisson was a kid, he could only see in black and white.In fact, he wasn’t totally convinced that colours actually existed.
But now, Harbisson can sense colour.
He still can’t see colours. But now he can hear them with a device he helped create in 2004 called the Eyeborg.
The device can detect 360 colours the human eye can normally perceive. It also detects infrared light.
“Hearing colours changes the way you see everything,” Harbisson says in a Cyborg Foundation video.
Harbisson says he finds the sounds generated by colours in supermarkets “stimulating.”
He also turns music, like Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” for example, into vibrant paintings—translating the sounds of the song back into the colours he’s learned to associate with them.
Harbisson says that he is the first legally recognised cyborg in the world, as his passport photo shows him with the Eyeborg attached to his head.
“It’s not the union between the Eyeborg and my head what converts me to a cyborg,” Harbisson says. It’s “the union between the software and my brain. My body and technology have united.”
Watch the video of Harbisson using the Eyeborg below.