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Universal Colorblindness Test

New stuff from artist Jonathon Keats. He's developed what he calls a "Universal Colorblindness Test," which combines the standard colorblindness test with the new fad for adult coloring books.

He describes it as the first colorblindness test that will "adapt to each viewer’s eyesight as the viewer colors them in." He adds, "My test is the first to internalize chromatic subjectivity, ensuring equally positive test results for everybody.”

Available at Walls360.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 13, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Eyes and Vision

Geeky Eyeglasses for Sale

Wow, those are some seriously geeky frames!

I had never heard the phrase "corneal micro lenses" before, but apparently that was the original term for contact lenses. Sounds very cyberpunk even today. I think we should all start telling people, "Yes, I have corneal micro lenses in place."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 02, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, 1950's, Eyes and Vision

Third Eye

The fisherman said he was going to eat the fish. Without knowing why it developed a third eye I wouldn't touch it much less eat it!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Nov 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Nature, Fish, Eyes and Vision

Stare at a stranger day

Get ready for October 15th, when the "World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment" is scheduled to take place in cities throughout the world. The idea is that on this day lots of people will "share a minutes eye contact with strangers in public to rebuild our sense of shared humanity."

If you participate, you'll obviously want to stare into the eyes of someone who's agreed to do likewise. Don't pick just any random stranger on the street and start staring at them. Even though that would probably produce more interesting results.

For more info, check out the website for the event, or its Facebook page.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 08, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Eyes and Vision

Seeing The Light

For those who wish to recover their sight promising research is being done by the Universities of Bern, Switzerland and Gottingen, Germany. The process is called Optogenetic therapy and is expected to help those who have lost their sight due to some degenerative diseases of the eyes. Certain proteins are inserted into cells in the retina causing those cells to sense light. The effected cells then act in place of the light sensing cell that were destroyed by the disease process. This treatment has already been successful in returning sight to mice. It is not a cure for all blindness but it is certainly a great step forward in treating blindness due to degenerative diseases. There seems to be a long way to go before it will be ready for human use but the journey has at least begun.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Oct 02, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Science, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia, Eyes and Vision

Erismann and Kohler: Inversion Goggles

"The movie documents a classic experiment conducted in 1950 by Ivo Kohler and Theodor Erismann at the university of Innsbruck, Austria. Erismann is the older person the movie, and Kohler, his research assistant at that time, is the person wearing the inversion goggles. Subtitles are all in German."

Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 15, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Science, Experiments, 1950's, Eyes and Vision

Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

Just like the song soon laser surgery will make your brown eyes blue.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Mar 04, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Eyes and Vision

Fish Eyes

Veterinary staff at Vancouver Aquarium have provided posthetic eyes for a fish. This was done so other fish would not pick it to death because it did not have eyes. So, it seems that humans are not the only species that picks on those who are different.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Jan 08, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Fish, Eyes and Vision

Subconscious Menu

Pizza Hut is testing a new "subconscious menu" in some of its UK restaurants. Just look at the food choices on the screen of the tablet, and the eye-tracking technology will determine which food your eyes are lingering over longest. [wash post]

This made me think of Paul's post from a few days ago about the octopus in the farm yard, which demonstrated that our eyes "dwell on objects that are discrepant with expectations." So if there's an octopus on the menu, you'll just have to eat octopus pizza.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 03, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Food, Psychology, Eyes and Vision
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