Thursday, February 18, 2016

Color blind nurses and nursing students: there's an "app" for you!

Nurses, nursing students, nursing faculty and disability services staffers have asked, "how can a nurse who is color blind practice in areas where color recognition is needed?"

Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue! Here are a few "apps" and resources.

Colorblind Assistant is a free software program that instantly picks the color from the mouse pointer providing a written name of the color. The app has a zoom pane for fine pixel detection and sits neatly in a desktop tray when not in use. Colorblind Assistant runs in a small window that can be used alongside other programs and applications. The pixel data updates in real-time. Users hover their mouse over the pixel in any running application (Excel/Powerpoint/PDF/Word) and the program displays the name of the color.

The Color ID uses the camera on your iPhone or iPod touch to speak the names of colors in real-time. It's a free augmented reality app for discovering the names of the colors. Users point their phone or tablet device at any object and the software displays the name of the currently viewed color. It is available on iTunes.

ColorBlind Vision is a free app on Google Play. It includes a classic dot test to test for colorblindness and a tool to extract colors from the world.

Colorino can detect more than 150 different colors and announce them in a clear voice. It offers 3 volume levels as well as an earphone jack to plug in earphones for more privacy. It is small enough to fit in a pocket and is battery operated.

Vischeck allows users to upload an image and view it in three different displays of color blindness: deuteranopia, tritanopia, and protanopia. Vischeck's color vision model allows users to simulate how the world looks to people with various types of color deficiency. Many pictures, documents, and web pages are hard for color blind people to read. Vischeck allows developers to check their work for color blind visibility.

Are there other "apps" available? Are you a nurse who is color blind or have you worked with a nurse who is color blind? 

Please share!

With thanks,

Donna and )