New Microsoft app Color Binoculars helps the color blind distinguish difficult colors

New Microsoft app Color Binoculars helps the color blind distinguish difficult colors
One of the many innovative uses for smartphones is helping the color-blind better distinguish difficult color combinations. There are other apps like it, but this hasn't stopped Microsoft from launching Color Binoculars, its own take on the concept.

Available for iOS, it's designed to help color-blind individuals distinguish a broader color spectrum. It's supposed to work for anyone suffering from the three most common forms of color blindness (protanomaly, deuteranomaly, and tritanomaly). Color Binoculars has been developed by two Microsoft software engineers, one of which is color-blind himself.

The app uses the smartphone's camera to adjust colors in real-time, making them easier for the color-blind to recognize. As the corrected image shows up on the smartphone's screen, it can be used for help with choosing a matching outfit, a present, a pair of flowers, and other activities which require on proper color-picking.

Color Binoculars is currently available on iOS. It's not known whether the app will be ported to Android and Windows.

Download Color Binoculars on iOS



1. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

My Samsung tablet and phone have this option built in. You can have it determine your type and severity of color blindness based on a couple of tests and then it compensates for it. Basically similar to what the built in Adapt Sound does for audio, separate for each ear. Although the latter is beneficial for everyone since no 2 ears are the same.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yup. Its nice manufacturers expand the functionality of the Accessibility settings. That's where true innovation exists.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even MIUI have this option :-/

3. Subie

Posts: 2393; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Come on Microsoft - you can't even make it available for your own mobile OS??... What about using your own Windows bridge tool? At the very least!

4. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What a great idea for an app. I love to see tech helping people. A much better use than Facebook or angry birds.

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