New monitor promises to make the web more visible to colorblind individuals


FlexScan Monitor

Here’s a little-known fact for you: I’m colorblind. No, I don’t see everything in greyscale, but rather I just have difficulty seeing certain colors. It doesn’t affect my day-to-day living most of the time, though occasionally while playing video games I discover that I have trouble making out certain objects. It’s rarely anything more than a minor nuisance. However, for those that have it worse than I do, I’m sure some tasks can become quite daunting. That’s where this new FlexScan monitor from Eizo comes into play.

Apparently this monitor uses a new technology to make images more visible to those of us that don’t see the entire color spectrum. The technology is based on Color Universal Design principles and uses a variety of lighting techniques, shapes, positions, patterns and labeling to make objects stand out more.

Monitors like the 24-inch one shown above are now available on the Japanese market. I’d certainly love to see the difference between my regular monitor and one that promises to let me see objects better. I’ll probably just wait until these are made available in the US, as I’ve done just fine with the limited number of colors I can see.

Source: Akihabaranews

3 reviews or comments

Fred Says: November 27, 2007 at 9:51 am

Hey Chris, it’s Fred (I used to write here a bit).

I’m a designer, and I too am colorblind (a fun mixture of issues in the blue/purple, and orange/red/green/brown area) so you can pretty well guess I fight a daily battle.

I can’t truly fathom what difference they’re going to bring to monitors, as, well,, we simply can’t see the changes (ok, they can simply raise the contrast, but it doesn’t help us to see as others see (unless you shift the whole light spectrum to match up to others colors, and to do that each screen would have to be individually calibrated).

I too would love to give it a try, but there’s a reason its called color blind, it’s because we cannot see certain colors, (Without tricking ourselves).

Plus, how would we do photoshop correctly (I already use the eyedropper to prove what I think is a certain color, is indeed in the color wheel where I think it should be).

We’ll see!

Tom Says: November 27, 2007 at 10:07 am

Me too. Red/Green are my trouble colors. I didn’t even know till 8th Grade.

Jim Says: November 27, 2007 at 10:40 am

I’m a colorblind engineer and usually have great difficulty with color coded charts and graphs. I found a great software that lets you manipulate the colors on the screen and even highlight them by name. It’s called “eyepilot” by Tenebraex and you can demo it. It worked well enough for me that I bought it. Check it out, it’s cheaper than a new monitor.

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