Watch: Meet the man who can ‘feel colours’ with his antenna
13 Feb 2018, 18:10
Dubai: A self-proclaimed ‘cyborg’ who says technology has helped him with his colour blindness has landed in Dubai to speak at the World Government Summit on Tuesday.
Born with a rare disease that only allows him to see in shades of gray, Neil Harbisson went ahead with a procedure that saw an antenna implanted into his skull that helps him see colours, reports the Arab News.
The antenna, which has a wireless camera connected to a wireless sound vibration implant in his skull, enables remote communication – as well as the transmission of images, sound or video.
The Catalan-raised British-born artist said the technology allows him to ‘feel and hear colours as audible vibrations inside his head’ – and that includes the colours that cannot be seen by anyone through the naked eye.
The antenna ‘allows me to extend my perception of reality beyond the visual spectrum,’ Harbisson explained.
‘I can sense infrared and ultraviolet, and I also have an Internet connection in my head that allows me to receive colours from other parts of the world, or connect to satellite so I can send colours from space,’ he said in an interview with UAE state-run news agency WAM at the World Government Summit.
His connection to the Internet also allows the reception of colours and images from all over the world. He has given permission to five friends across each continent to transmit colours, images, videos and sounds directly into his head via satellite.
Dubai’s World Government Summit has focused a lot of presentations on robotics and technology for the future.
And Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an honorary speech on Sunday that technology has the power to reduce poverty and bring about ‘inclusive growth for everyone.’