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  • Okay.

  • Wow.

  • I'm, like, kind of nervous.

  • This is crazy.

  • Alright.

  • Can you see what's inside this circle?

  • If not, don't worry.

  • Neither can I.

  • Chances are, you're probably colorblind just like me.

  • The only time my colorblindness is really an issue is when I'm editing

  • and I have to do color correction.

  • So, are you color correcting right now?

  • Yeah.

  • Does it look red at all to you?

  • The answer is that it's very red.

  • It doesn't, that doesn't look red.

  • I'm sorry.

  • Like, it doesn't.

  • There's the occasional moment where I may have gotten something confused.

  • I wear this color.

  • I don't wear this color.

  • They're the same color!

  • They are not the same color.

  • They...

  • I've been colorblind my entire life.

  • I didn't really think that I was missing out on anything.

  • I can still see color.

  • I just don't see color the same as everybody else.

  • About a year and a half ago,

  • I heard about this company called EnChroma

  • that makes these glasses that are supposed to help colorblind people see color.

  • I saw these videos that kept coming out

  • of people trying the glasses

  • and having these big emotional experiences,

  • like they were seeing something amazing for the very first time.

  • And with all of this excitement,

  • I realized I had to at least try these glasses.

  • So, I grabbed Becky and we headed up to Berkley, California,

  • to tour the company and, of course, try out the glasses.

  • I have a company and we're making laser-safety eyewear.

  • And one of the features of these eyewear

  • was that it greatly enhanced colors.

  • Just sort of a side effect.

  • The surgeons loved it so much

  • they were stealing them.

  • So I started wearing them and was like,

  • "Oh, these work great!"

  • I'm an avid Ultimate Frisbee player.

  • And I was at a tournament in Santa Cruz, California.

  • At the tournament, my friend borrowed the glasses.

  • And he said, quote, "Dude!"

  • "These are awesome!"

  • "I can see the cones!"

  • Turns out he was colorblind and he couldn't differentiate

  • the fluorescent orange field marker cones from the grass.

  • The orange cones

  • and the grass? - Yes, and the green

  • were the same to him

  • until he put the glasses on.

  • Then he could see these, the cones clearly.

  • How ere these glasses created?

  • Well, the lenses that I had made

  • absorb our laser function.

  • Eventually we figured out it was because

  • they were creating separation between the photo pigments.

  • I read everything I could on the subject.

  • Most prevalent form is Red-Green colorblindness,

  • which is what 90-some percent of everybody has, who's colorblind,

  • is called Red-Green.

  • And that's hereditary.

  • Males have like a 50-50 chance.

  • I fell into that 50% because my grandfather was colorblind

  • and passed that trait down to my mother,

  • who then gave it to me.

  • In fact, my grandfather actually found a way to cheat

  • the colorblind test to get into the Navy.

  • What exactly is it that's happening inside somebody's eye

  • that makes them colorblind?

  • To really understand,

  • you have to understand how normal color vision works.

  • Because you have three photo pigments.

  • You can call them blue, green, and red.

  • The red and the green one

  • actually are right next to each other.

  • The normal color vision,

  • the red and green sensitive photo pigments,

  • have some overlap.

  • In the abnormal form, for color blindness,

  • they overlap too much.

  • The more they overlap, the more severe it gets.

  • And what do the glasses do to someone like me,

  • that's, you know, red-green deficient?

  • Does that kind of separate them more

  • so you can see the difference between the red and the green?

  • If you cut-out wavelengths that correspond to where there's too much overlap,

  • you recreate a separation.

  • You reestablish normal capture of photons.

  • And now, all those mechanisms

  • that are in here start to function.

  • It's like, oh!

  • That's clearly different.

  • Now the question is, can you, are you seeing a difference

  • or are you actually seeing red and green?

  • Time to see

  • We were driving past this thing

  • and I had to check it out.

  • So, here we go.

  • This is the first time me putting on the glasses.

  • These look like some cool, like, Ray-Ban wayfarers.

  • I'm into that.

  • I'm like, kind of nervous.

  • This is crazy.

  • Alright.

  • Whoa!

  • Whoa!

  • This dress, it looks so blue!

  • That's green!

  • And pink!

  • I couldn't see that green before!

  • I thought it was gray.

  • Wow, okay.

  • Let's keep moving!

  • Let's go!

  • Let's see what's next!

  • The trees and then the grass on the hill

  • and then the red,

  • and then the brown,

  • and then the green,

  • and then the blue.

  • There's so many colors!

  • Oh my gosh!

  • This has multiple shades of green in it.

  • It's like being on an acid trip from what I've heard.

  • Wow.

  • I can't believe that this is what everybody else gets to see on a regular basis.

  • To see this,

  • to see why people cry at sunsets sometimes.

  • I don't know if I've ever seen anything as beautiful.

Okay.

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I See Color For The First Time

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    michelle posted on 2018/11/18
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