Implanted Synaesthesia

Neil Harbisson nennt sich „somochromatic Cyborg“, kann nur schwarz/weiß sehen und läuft mit einem „Eyeborg“ auf dem Kopf rum, der ihm Farben in Töne übersetzt. Demnächst wird er sich das Ding in den Kopf einpflanzen lassen, wobei eine der dafür verwendeten Schrauben den Sound über Vibrationen über den Schädelknochen spürbar machen wird. Der Mann hat neulich 'nen Vortrag auf der TED gehalten und ist im August auf der Campus Party in Berlin, sobald der TED-Clip online ist, sag' ich Bescheid.

Mr. Harbisson’s current eyeborg is pressed against the base of his head with extremely high pressure, which allows the sounds to reverberate along his skull to his eardrums. But his new eyeborg, to be implanted in September, will be connected to his body through three screws in his head — two to support the antenna and electronic chip, and a third for the sound to be passed into his skull, which will vibrate with the sound. He expects it will take about two months for the bone to heal around the implant.

Mr. Harbisson gave details of his plans last week in an interview at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, where he gave a talk on stage while wearing an outfit of pink jacket, blue shirt and yellow pants (a “C major” chord, as he describes the colors).

A Surgical Implant for Seeing Colors Through Sound (via io9)