Neil Harbisson's "eyeborg" allows him to hear colors, even those beyond the range of sight.

Why you should listen

Born with the inability to see color, Neil Harbisson wears a prosthetic device — he calls it an "eyeborg" — that allows him to hear the spectrum, even those colors beyond the range of human sight. His unique experience of color informs his artwork — which, until he met cyberneticist Adam Montandon at a college lecture, was strictly black-and-white. By working with Montandon, and later with Peter Kese, Harbisson helped design a lightweight eyepiece that he wears on his forehead that transposes the light frequencies of color hues into sound frequencies.

Harbisson's artwork blurs the boundaries between sight and sound. In his Sound Portraits series, he listens to the colors of faces to create a microtonal chord. In the City Colours project, he expresses the capital cities of Europe in two colors (Monaco is azure and salmon pink; Bratislava yellow and turquoise).

What others say

“Conclusively, this project exists not in the software, or domain of so called 'virtual' reality, but in the reality of Neil’s perception of the world, unveiling, quite literally, an invisible architecture of energy.” — Adam Montandon

Neil Harbisson’s TED talk

Quotes from Neil Harbisson

If we extend our senses, we will consequently extend our knowledge.
Neil Harbisson
TEDGlobal 2012 • 1.7M views Jul 2012
Fascinating, Jaw-dropping
Life will be much more exciting when we stop creating applications for mobile phones and we start creating applications for our own body.
Neil Harbisson
TEDGlobal 2012 • 1.7M views Jul 2012
Fascinating, Jaw-dropping