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Brief Published: 5 Jan 2018

Samsung App Aids TV Viewing for Colour Blind

Samsung's SeeColors app aids TV viewing for the colour blind

Samsung has launched a mobile app for Android users that helps people with colour vision deficiency (CVD) – commonly known as colour blindness – adjust the settings of its QLED TVs to suit their specific needs. The SeeColors app aims to optimise TV viewing for a more accurate and vibrant experience.

Users can test their colour vision and determine their eye deficiency type and level with a series of quick, click-through colour diagrams. The app then links to their TV and can directly calibrate the colours on-screen based on their personal diagnosis.

CVD affects nearly 300 million people worldwide (Samsung, 2017), making it difficult for them to identify and distinguish between certain colours. By recognising this impairment, the innovation demonstrates how advanced technologies can improve everyday experiences for those with disabilities – a theme that we explore further in Design for Disability.

Samsung worked in partnership with Hungarian company ColorLite to develop the app, adopting its scientific research for colour blindness corrective lenses as well as the ColorLite Test – which uses colour filters and mathematical modelling to help diagnose the extent of CVD. Both the test and corrective technology have been translated for use on TVs and mobile devices.

We expect to see more advances that will transform the way in which people with impairments interact with technology, such as artificial intelligence. For more emerging tech, see Mindful Automation and look out for our coverage of CES, publishing soon.

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