Color Binoculars app, from Microsoft Garage, helps the colorblind distinguish color differences

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft Garage, iOS, Color Binoculars

Microsoft Garage released an app to help people with color blindness, called Color Binoculars. Available on iOS, Color Binoculars helps colorblind people distinguish the difference in colors they normally wouldn’t see. The app was created by two Microsoft software engineers, Tom Overton and Tingting Zhu, and is being released as a Microsoft Garage app.

Overton explains how Color Binoculars helps people with color blindness:

“It’s an app that helps colorblind people distinguish color combinations that they would normally have trouble telling apart. For example, since I have difficulty distinguishing between red and green, our app makes reds brighter and greens darker so that the difference is more obvious. It replaces difficult color combinations, like red and green, with more easily distinguishable combinations, like pink and green.”

Color Binoculars camera filter
Color Binoculars camera filter

Microsoft Garage is responsible for other experimental apps on iOS and Android, including Video BreakdownArrow Launcher, and many more. Check out the Microsoft Garage for other apps on Android and iOS.

If you are interested in hearing more about how Color Binoculars came to be, read full Color Binoculars interview with Overton and Zhu.

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