The Future: Superhuman Vision
Our immediate goal is to help a color blind person see parts of the "visible" spectrum that he couldn't previously see. But the same techniques can be used to make previously-invisible parts of the spectrum visible to anyone. It's a little bit harder because you need a camera that can image the desired frequency, whereas any camera can be used to help the color blind. We are still a long way from being able to demonstrate AmplifEye outside the visible spectrum. But we have cobbled together a crude simulation to give you the general idea of what it might look like.
Simulation of AmplifEye with Ultraviolet
If you have normal color vision, today's AmplifEye is useless to you -- just colors changing for no apparent reason. In the future, however, AmplifEye will allow people with normal vision to see infrared, ultraviolet, and anything else a digital camera can detect.
To help those with normal color vision understand the difference AmplifEye can make for the color blind, we have produced a simulation showing a few of the ways AmplifEye might show visible and ultraviolet light at the same time. We started with two pictures of the same flowers, one in normal colors and one using traditional "false color" to show them in ultraviolet.
Below are a few very simple examples of how AmplifEye might combine the visible and ultraviolet images. These are crude simulations, but they way they reveal ultraviolet is similar to a few of the ways today's AmplifEye reveals color to the color blind. These movies are short and crude, but may help you understand what AmplifEye is doing for the color blind, and why their reactions to AmplifEye can be so dramatic.