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17-Year-Old Student Designs A Better Web Experience For The Color-Blind
By Jillian Wong, 06 Mar 2014
17-year-old Indian high school student Animesh Tripathi has designed a Google Chrome extension called ‘ReColor’ that aims to improve the web browsing experience for the color-blind.
Tripathi spent the last two years working on an algorithm that lets color-blind users adjust the hues on their screens through customized settings, making surfing the Internet easier and more accessible for the 7% of the world’s population who suffer from this affliction. Currently, options for the color-blind are limited to simple webpage filters which are insufficient and not advanced enough.
In an interview with Mashable, Tripathi said, “Devices tend to have magnifying and color-inversion features for visual problems, however, despite the prevalence of color blindness, there has not been any native, in-built feature that can correct visual content at the press of a button. I felt that responsible design should be inclusive and should cater to the needs of the color-blind.”
He was inspired to embark on the project after a friend was barred from becoming a fighter pilot due to red-green color-blindness, which is the inability to distinguish red from green.
The project, titled ‘Improving Digital Experiences for Color-Blind Computer Users’, has already exceeded its goal of US$1,000 on Indiegogo.
Learn more about Tripathi’s project here.
[via Fast Company and Mashable, video via Animesh Tripathi]
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