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Dynamic simulation of color blindness for studying color vision requirements in practice

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Author: Lucassen, M.P. · Alferdinck, J.W.A.M.
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:3rd European Conference on Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision, CGIV 2006, 19 June 2006 through 22 June 2006, Leeds, 355 - 358
Identifier: 16319
Keywords: Vision · Color appearance · Cone type · Dichromats · Dynamic simulation · Field studies · Near-real time · Static images · Color vision · Computer simulation · Eye protection · Laptop computers · Video cameras · Visualization · colour vision disorders


We report on a dynamic simulation of defective color vision. Using an RGB video camera connected to a PC or laptop, the captured and displayed RGB colors are translated by our software into modified RGB values that simulate the color appearance of a person with a color deficiency. Usually, the simulation of deficient color vision is restricted to static images and to dichromats (lacking one cone type). We are now able to also simulate color blindness in near real time video, and for both dichromats and anomalous trichromats. We discuss how these techniques were applied in a field study into color vision requirements in Dutch maritime practice and present visualization examples thereof.