AmplifEye, unlike previous efforts to help the color blind, is based on an all-digital approch. Digital cameras capture the image, which is then processed algorithmically to be displayed to the user in our altered form. The number of possible algorithms is virtually unlimited, and we are discovering more all the time.
AmplifEye is not the first attempt to use technology to help the color blind. Tinted lenses, pioneered by the Zeltzer X Chrom contact lenses, have been around for decades, and can provide some additional color discrimination for the most severely color blind. (Nathaniel Borenstein's positive experience with such lenses was the inspiration for the AmplifEye project.) A few other technologies, such as those from EnChroma and O2AMP, have also improved color discrimination for some color blind people. But all of these solutions have been incomplete.
→video: How our approach works, some details on algorithms←
In the future, our hopes for the AmplifEye project include extending the technology, using suitable cameras, to allow anyone, color blind or not, to visualize frequencies beyond normal human vision, such as infrared and ultraviolet. We also hope to work with hardware manufacturers to embed our technology in a range of hardware and software, from virtual reality eyewear to digital telescopes and microscopes to desktop software and streaming video.