VIDEO: Neil Harbisson – the “Cyborg” who hears colour

Neil Harbisson
Neil Harbisson

Born with the rare disorder of complete colour blindness, Catalan-raised Neil Harbisson devised a unique way to understand colour – by hearing it.

Armed with a prosthetic device to translate colours into real-time sounds, Harbisson is a cyborg – a being with an artificial enhancement. Touring the world, educating others about the possibilities of technological body extensions; “stop creating apps for our phones and start creating apps for our bodies” was his on-stage catchcry at Campus Party Europe 2012.

VentureVillage caught up with Harbisson at the tech event in Berlin last week for an insight into his musically shaded world.

Read up on Neil Harbisson’s Campus Party presentation here


Day one at Campus Party Europe – crowdfunding, cyborgs and Paulo Coelho

Campus Party day two: Women in Tech, Yossi Vardi and waterfights