New TV adaptor improves viewing for colour-blind people

A TV adaptor that enhances video content has been designed to make it easier for colour blind people to distinguish between red and green.

The Eye2TV adaptor, launched by University of East Anglia’s (UEA) spin-out company, also makes objects more visible on screen and works with video sources such as cable or satellite set top boxes, DVD players or games consoles.

Christopher Cytera, managing director of Spectral Edge, said: “The inability to enjoy watching TV or to play video games alongside friends and family is a major frustration to those suffering from colour-blindness, significantly impacting their quality of life.

“Our image enhancement technology is proven to solve this major accessibility issue, and the Eye2TV adapter is poised to transform how colour-blind people, and their families, watch TV and video content.

Colour-deficient people may find it difficult to tell the teams apart [Credit: Spectral Edge]

The Eye2TV adaptor connects the HDMI video sources and the display, which can be an HD TV or monitor with an HDMI input. The video is then enhanced on a frame-by-frame basis through a patented image-enhancement technology.

The technology is based on research from UEA that uses mathematical perception models to modify image colours.

It has a minimal impact on the image seen by those who do not have colour blindness, enabling both to watch the same screen together. The picture quality can be adjusted via remote control to suit the unique colour-vision of the individual viewer.

Around four per cent of the world’s population suffers from colour-blindness and often their viewing experience is affected when watching particular content types such as sports teams, wildlife programmes, cookery and art.

However, to bring the adaptor to market it needs to secure £100,000 in pre-sales or donations from supporters on Kickstarter. If successfully funded an iOS and Android app will also be developed.

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