[accessibleimage] Re: Color Identifier and Iphone

  • From: "Jimmie Flanagin" <jimmie.flanagin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 06:55:48 -0700


I cannot thank you enough for the message below. I am an Accessible
Technology specialist and Alternate Media Coordinator at a large California
State University in Pomona. I am forwarding the message and blog link to all
of my colleagues.



Jimmie Flanagin MA, ATP


The improvement of understanding is for two ends: 

first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that
knowledge to others. 
(John Locke)


Increasing understanding remains a challenge.

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A really interesting blog with a review about Iphone and accessibility.
Excerpt following about an application for Iphone called Color Identifier.


Whole article at






The other night, however, a very amazing thing happened. I downloaded an app
called Color Identifier.
<http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/color-identifier/id363346987?mt=8>  It uses
the iPhone's camera, and speaks names of colors. It must use a table,
because each color has an identifier made up of 6 hexadecimal digits. This
puts the total at 16777216 colors, and I believe it. Some of them have very
surreal names, such as Atomic Orange, Cosmic, Hippie Green, Opium, and
Black-White. These names in combination with what feels like a rise in
serotonin levels makes for a very psychedelic experience.

I have never experienced this before in my life. I can see some light and
color, but just in blurs, and objects don't really have a color, just light
sources. When I first tried it at three o'clock in the morning, I couldn't
figure out why it just reported black. After realizing that the screen
curtain also disables the camera, I turned it off, but it still have very
dark colors. Then I remembered that you actually need light to see, and it
probably couldn't see much at night. I thought about light sources, and my
interview I did for Get Lamp. <http://getlamp.com>  First, I saw one of my
beautiful salt lamps in its various shades of orange, another with its pink
and rose colors, and the third kind in glowing pink and red.. I felt

The next day, I went outside. I looked at the sky. I heard colors such as
"Horizon," "Outer Space," and many shades of blue and gray. I used color
cues to find my pumpkin plants, by looking for the green among the brown and
stone. I spent ten minutes looking at my pumpkin plants, with their leaves
of green and lemon-ginger. I then roamed my yard, and saw a blue flower. I
then found the brown shed, and returned to the gray house. My mind felt
blown. I watched the sun set, listening to the colors change as the sky
darkened. The next night, I had a conversation with Mom about how the sky
looked bluer tonight. Since I can see some light and color, I think hearing
the color names can help nudge my perception, and enhance my visual
experience. Amazing!

I love my iPhone. It changed my universe as soon as it entered it. However,
as any Discordian knows, every golden Apple has a golden worm at its center.



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