“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

“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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