Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Software for the blind

" A melody of staccato piano notes sings out from the speakers of Victor K. Wong's desktop computer. But it is not a melody made by Bach, or Liberace, or even Alicia Keys. It is the melody of color.

Wong, a Cornell University graduate student from Hong Kong who lost his sight in a road accident at age seven, is helping to develop innovative software that translates color into sound. 'Color is something that does not exist in the world of a blind person,' explains Wong. 'I could see before, so I know what it is. But there is no way that I can think of to give an exact idea of color to someone who has never seen before.'"

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