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Blind man says iPhone changed his life forever

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September

Saying that his life had "changed forever," Austin Seraphin authored a blog post titled "My First Week with the iPhone." In it, he describes with particular pleasure an app he uses called Color Identifier, which uses the camera on an iPhone or iPod Touch to speak the names of colors in real time. Here is an excerpt:

"The next day, I went outside. I looked at the sky. I heard colors such as “Horizon,” “Outer Space,” and many shades of blue and gray. I used color cues to find my pumpkin plants, by looking for the green among the brown and stone. I spent ten minutes looking at my pumpkin plants, with their leaves of green and lemon-ginger. I then roamed my yard, and saw a blue flower. I then found the brown shed, and returned to the gray house. My mind felt blown. I watched the sun set, listening to the colors change as the sky darkened. The next night, I had a conversation with Mom about how the sky looked bluer tonight. Since I can see some light and color, I think hearing the color names can help nudge my perception, and enhance my visual experience. Amazing!"

Seraphin is legally blind. Go to his blog to read more about his incredible experience.

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[Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 1:13pm]

    

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