OmniColor – A Smart Glasses App to Support Colorblind People

Georg Lausegger, Michael Spitzer, Martin Ebner

Abstract


Colorblind people or people with a color vision deficiency have to face many challenges in their daily activities. Their disadvantage to perceive colors incorrectly leads to frustration when determining the freshness of fruits and the rawness of meat as well as the problem to distinguish clothes with confusing colors. With the rise of the smartphone, numerous mobile applications are developed to overcome those problems, improving the quality of live. However, smartphones also have some limitations in certain use cases. Especially activities where both hands are needed do not suit well for smartphone applications. Furthermore, there exist tasks in which a continuous use of a smartphone is not possible or even not legally allowed such as driving a car. In recent years, fairly new devices called smart glasses become increasingly popular, which offer great potential for several use cases. One of the most famous representatives of smart glasses is Google Glass, a head-mounted display that is worn like normal eyeglasses produced by Google. This paper introduces an experimental prototype of a Google Glass application for colorblind people or people with a color vision deficiency, called OmniColor and meets the challenge if Google Glass is able to improve the color perception of those people. To show the benefits of OmniColor, an Ishihara color plate test is performed by a group of 14 participants either with, or without the use of OmniColor.

Keywords


Google Glass; colorblindness; color vision deficiency; color perception

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies. ISSN: 1865-7923
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