These Synthesia Glasses Help Blind People “See” Via Sonar

People who have been blind since a young age can sometimes learn to develop a sort of low-grade echolocation. This technique, used by the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap, and Ben Underwood, works much the same way as it does in bats and dolphins. But people who have just recently lost their sight… » 7/12/13 11:30am 7/12/13 11:30am

Crazy Brain Implants Give Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Let Them "Touch"…

It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras… » 2/14/13 10:57am 2/14/13 10:57am

How Blind People Use Instagram

Tommy Edison, the positively radiant blind film critic, is back to explain how a blind person uses everybody's favorite instant photo sharing service: Instagram. He's explained how he used his iPhone before and what color meant to him but his use of Instagram might be the most impressive thing yet. Reminder: Tommy… » 1/03/13 10:00pm 1/03/13 10:00pm

What Color Means to Blind People

Tommy Edison, the wonderful blind film critic who once showed us how he used an iPhone, has a new video describing something nearly impossible for blind people to understand: color. What's great is that even though Edison doesn't understand the concept of color, colors still have meaning to him. Watch him describe… » 12/06/12 10:00pm 12/06/12 10:00pm

Self-Portrait Drawing Machine Lets the Hopelessly Unartistic Sketch…

If your attempts at art usually end up looking more at home on the fridge than a fine gallery, you might want to see if artists Kyle McDonald and Matt Mets will let you use their wonderful Self-Portrait machine which doesn't require a lick of talent. » 6/04/12 10:00am 6/04/12 10:00am

An iPhone App That Identifies Currency for Blind People

If you've traveled abroad, perhaps you noticed that different denomination bills had different physical sizes, a design intended to allow people—especially the blind and visually impaired—to distinguish how much a bill was worth just by touching it. American currency has not followed this lead! LookTel Money Reader… » 3/10/11 3:20pm 3/10/11 3:20pm