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Eyeteq technology transforms TV for colour-blind viewers

last modified Dec 04, 2014 11:12 AM
Spectral Edge has launched its Eyeteq technology for TV set top boxes to transform viewing for people with colour blindness.

 

The company, based at the ideaSpace West site, says electronics manufacturers and service providers can offer dramatically improved viewing by adding Eyeteq as an option in the Accessibility menu.

Eyeteq allows colour-blind viewers to better differentiate between red and green when watching programmes, allowing them to see details they previously could not. It does this with minimal impact on the picture that is seen by those who do not have colour blindness, enabling both to watch the same screen together.

With Eyeteq enabled, content streamed to a set top box is enhanced on a frame-by-frame basis before being then transmitted to the TV screen. Programmes which contain a large amount of red and green in their images, such as sports, cookery and nature, are particularly enhanced.

Proving the concept, Spectral Edge has successfully integrated Eyeteq into a set top box from a major manufacturer – and deployment took just a few weeks.

Christopher Cytera, managing director of Spectral Edge, said: “Our Eyeteq technology has been proven to enhance the still image viewing experience for colour-blind people, and we are now extending this to TV and video content.

“Service providers and set top box manufacturers can see the benefits in increasing accessibility to colour-blind viewers, and Eyeteq provides the perfect solution for the living room TV screen. Our trials have proved the concept, and it is now ready for integration into prime time consumer technology in order to transform how colour-blind people, and their families, watch TV.”

Around 4% of the world’s population suffer from colour blindness. For a demonstration of the Eyeteq technology operating on a set top box contact Spectral Edge here. Free trial apps for both IoS and Android can be downloaded here.

To read an article by BBC technology reporter Dave Lee on Eyeteq, including calls by the Colour Blind Awareness group for the technology to be part of all televisions as standard, see here.

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