“Cyborg” artist Neil Harbisson designed an antenna to overcome his colour blindness that lets him hear colours through bone conduction, allowing him to paint portraits - including those of actors Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP
“Cyborg” artist Neil Harbisson designed an antenna to overcome his colour blindness that lets him hear colours through bone conduction, allowing him to paint portraits - including those of actors Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP
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From Tom Cruise to time travel: colour-blind ‘cyborg’ artist who hears colours through implant invents time-sensing device

  • Neil Harbisson, who is colour blind, has an implanted antenna that vibrates according to the colours it senses - he ‘hears’ them through bone conduction
  • The artist, who has met and painted celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise, has also developed a device that senses the passing of time

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“Cyborg” artist Neil Harbisson designed an antenna to overcome his colour blindness that lets him hear colours through bone conduction, allowing him to paint portraits - including those of actors Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP
“Cyborg” artist Neil Harbisson designed an antenna to overcome his colour blindness that lets him hear colours through bone conduction, allowing him to paint portraits - including those of actors Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP
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