“The optometrists and opticians are really excited to finally be able to address this in a real way.” — EnChroma CEO Tony Dykes
KGO810′s Scott Lettieri has the story:
– Glasses Help Color Blind People See Colors to Overcome Career, Task and Activity Limitations –
Berkeley, CA – December 9, 2014 – EnChroma – the company bringing color to the color blind – today announced a new line of EnChroma Cx eyewear based on prescription-capable polycarbonate (plastic) lenses that enable color blind athletes, children and others to safely engage in any activity while seeing more color. EnChroma Cx glasses provide people with color vision deficiency (CVD) spectral color enhancement in a plastic lens that makes the eyewear a viable option for a huge new base of users.
While the exact reasoning behind the science is a bit complicated, they basically work by removing the wavelengths of light where overlap of red and green occur, causing the color signal to the brain to become amplified.
Read more on LifeBuzz.com.
Kelly Kittell’s EnChroma Cx Receptor colorblind-correcting sunglasses arrived with the following warning: When first trying on the lens, the unusual appearance of colors may be visually distracting. “It’s a bit of an understatement. The first time I saw brick red I was so overwhelmed I stopped cold. Purple and lavender, where have you been all my life? …
Unexpectedly, the glasses make me a safer driver. Colorblind people react significantly slower to red signals, and there are a number of countries where we can’t get drivers licenses. With my Enchroma sunglasses, I can see the three distinct colors of a stoplight for the first time, and red stop signs and lit brake lights jump out with a new urgency.
Read the full article at BoingBoing.net
Designers developed a mathematical model of how the brain processes color and determined how to accomplish the necessary digital spectral processing with a complex coating system. The coating consists of a stack of more than 100 layers of semi-reflective material.
From Optometry Times
EnChroma uses a mathematical formula to directly communicate with the brain’s visual system. This system is calculated to help a color-blind person observe the correct ratios the brain needs for normal color vision. The company uses over 100 reflective coatings at different opacities rather than a single tinted lens.
How EnChroma’s smart sunglasses can help solve color blindness
by Christina Farr for Venture Beat (Jan 2014)