Color blindness and mobile apps – a close collaboration
Over the years, both software and content on the Internet has provided solutions in tune with the specific requirements of people with special needs. Mobile applications are not far behind. There has been an increased amount of effort in recognizing the special needs of people, and already a number of iPhone and Android applications are available on the market for them.
Recently, developers have also started targeting market segment inflicted with color blindness, and have developed mobile apps geared specifically towards helping them. As many know, color blindness can be of different kinds, and in all cases, the problem lies in the fact that people afflicted by this condition either cannot see certain colors, or have a weaker perception of certain colors, and therefore not being able to isolate them properly. There are some apps on the mobile app play store that help at different aspects of color blindness:
1. ColorBlindness SimulateCorrect
“ColorBlindness SimulateCorrect” is a mobile app that helps correct prognosis of the type and level of color blindness one might be suffering from. This app helps at two levels:
- If users themselves have color blindness, they can check the type of color blindness, by comparing two similar looking images and finding out the difference etween them. They also have the option to correct it. Actual testimonials have corroborated the efficacy of this app by helping them in various walks of life such as identifying numbers or passing the driving test.
- If a friend or family member has color blindness, users can see how do shades of red, blue and green look to their color blind acquaintances.
This app also claims to be the only free app on mobile app store that simulates color blindness along with correction capabilities.
2. Color Blindness Test
Another free simulator app that helps detect color blindness amongst smartphone users. It is a basic preliminary tool to test color blindness and thus take preemptive action by seeking medical help. The app promote itself as basic testing app, which means that medial intervention and expert consultation will be necessary instead of simply relying on just this app to decide if a person is color blind.
A third application, Dankam, helps people with color blindness. The app uses experimental technology to create what is known as augmented reality with an effort to help colorblind people see better and perceive colors better. The application takes input from the camera of a mobile device and intelligently tweaks certain colors and makes subtle changes, so as to make the output more discernible for colorblind users.
It includes a number of different modes and presets to make the output suitable for people with different kinds of colorblindness. Out of the box, it comes optimized for the most common form, Anomalous Trichromancy, but it is extremely configurable and users can tweak the application to achieve the results that they need.
Thus it is clear that visible efforts are already underway to aid those with colorblindness. We can hope that staggered pieces of development can be culminated to create a concerted effort, so that in the near future, we can see more and more applications for this purpose on the iPhone and android application stores.