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£5,091
pledged of £100,000pledged of £100,000 goal
59
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 5 2015

About

Eye2TV

- the smart HDMI adaptor for colour-deficient TV viewers

If you suffer from colour deficiency or colour-blindness, then the Eye2TV adaptor will help you to better see TV and video game content. Based on research from UEA’s School of Computer Sciences, it enhances the picture so that red and green features and objects can be easily distinguished and the content made more pleasing. If a family member other than yourself has colour-deficiency, the enhancement can be adjusted to suit both their vision and yours so that you can watch TV or play video games together. The power of the Eyeteq technology inside Eye2TV is that the picture looks better for everyone.

Eye2TV applied to right-hand side only
Eye2TV applied to right-hand side only

How is it installed?

The Eye2TV adaptor works with any HDMI video source and any HD display. The source can be a cable or satellite box from your service provider, a DVD Player or a games console such as a PlayStation or Xbox. The HD display can be a monitor or a television set with an HDMI input.

Video source and back of TV
Video source and back of TV

Eye2TV is connected between the video source and the display. Just unplug the video source HDMI cable from the back of the display, plug Eye2TV into the vacated HDMI socket, then plug the video source into the female HDMI socket at the other end of Eye2TV. Finally, connect the USB cable between Eye2TV and a spare USB port on the display just for power.

Eye2TV installed
Eye2TV installed

What kind of content will look better for a colour-deficient viewer?

There are many details that are difficult for colour-deficient or colour-blind people to distinguish on TV because of red/green dependency. For example, a 2014 European Champions League soccer match between an all-red and all-green team was unwatchable for colour-blind fans:

http://metro.co.uk/2014/09/18/colourblind-liverpool-fans-left-baffled-by-reds-champions-league-clash-with-ludogorets-4873596/

If you are a colour-blind sports fan, then with Eye2TV you would have been able to tell the teams apart, and actually watch and enjoy this kind of game.

Many other kinds of content are severely affected by colour-deficiency due to the difficulty of distinguishing between red and green:

• TV programmes about wildlife and nature

• Cookery and dining programmes

• Art and property

• Video games with "good guys" and "monsters" in subtly different colours

• Video games with red v. green teams 

Colour-deficient people may find it difficult to tell the teams apart
Colour-deficient people may find it difficult to tell the teams apart

Will the be picture be spoiled for those with normal colour vision?

If you have colour-deficiency, Eye2TV will make popular content much more accessible for you, without significant impact on viewers with normal colour vision. The beauty of the patented Eyeteq algorithm inside Eye2TV is that it can be set to help you see better, whilst allowing colour-normal friends and family to enjoy the same content at the same time. Take a look this a video with some selected Eye2TV settings, and if you are colour-blind which one can you see best?

http://eyeteq.spectraledge.co.uk/spider

The strength of colour-deficiency correction applied by Eye2TV is controlled by a small remote control unit, so that the picture quality can be adjusted to suit the unique colour-vision of the individual viewer or the group who are watching. In future we will develop an app for IoS and Android to control Eye2TV on a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 

Eye2TV operated by remote control unit
Eye2TV operated by remote control unit

What are the benefits in summary?

• Correction for all kinds of colour-deficiency: deuteranopia or protanopia

• Easily adjusted for individual colour-vision with small Bluetooth-enabled remote control

• Remote-control app for smartphone as free upgrade

• Picture still pleasing for colour-normal viewers, so family and friends can watch together

• Easily installed unobtrusively behind the TV screen

• Applies to all kinds of TV and video content as well as gaming graphics

Prototype Status

Eye2TV has been proven on an Altera FPGA development platform for the Cyclone IV, CE115 FPGA:

Altera Cyclone IV development board with HDMI adaptor
Altera Cyclone IV development board with HDMI adaptor

The FPGA is running the Eyeteq algorithm in real-time, as we can see on this short video:

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This proves the concept and determines the dimensions of FPGA required for the production version, which is a CE10. The main effort now needed is to create a production design using this smaller FPGA, and complete software integration for audio synchronisation, HDCP and Bluetooth remote control.

A test User Interface (UI) with simple on-screen sliders has already been created on a commercial set-top box platform:

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This UI will need to be ported to the FPGA with the test features removed, for a simple and easy-to-use User Experience.

Why purchase in advance?

By advance purchasing an Eye2TV adaptor, you can accelerate its introduction as a product. Consumer electronics products require significant funding to develop: without such funding we would focus on licensing our patented Eyeteq algorithm to other consumer electronics companies and rely on their timescales. We therefore seek pledges from individuals to become early adopters, so we can develop this product ourselves in an earlier timeframe for you. We also welcome pledges from companies in the TV business interested in distributing or branding Eye2TV, to improve their Accessibility offering with minimal R&D expenditure.

Provided that adequate funds are raised, Eye2TV will be developed in 2015, for production and shipment by March 2016. Whether it is a single device you need or hundreds of them, make your pledge on Kickstarter so we can turn the Eyeteq algorithm into the Eye2TV product for you.

Risks and challenges

The challenges identified in this project are:

1. That you do not watch much TV because of your colour-blindness.

We are addressing this by offering our free app to demonstrate how different TV content will look with Eye2TV:

http://eyeteq.spectraledge.co.uk/try-it

It can be downloaded here for iOS and Android to try out on your own photographs. This should convince you that TV will be accessible to you with Eye2TV, so you can watch what you could not watch before.

2. If you do watch TV, you may watch only content that does not have a strong colour dependency such as news programmes

As well as the app, we have extensive testimonies which should allay any fears from those of you in this. There are quotes on social media such as "...with Eyeteq I can now see the colours of the rainbow for the first time". Please take a look at our Website, Facebook and Twitter to read how other colour-blind people can access content that they could not before:

http://eyeteq.spectraledge.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/spectraledgeltd

https://www.facebook.com/SpectralEdge

A selection of different Eye2TV settings are shown here, to show there will always be one one that best suits your colour-vision:

http://eyeteq.spectraledge.co.uk/spider

3. Some of you may find it difficult to install the device behind a TV as there may be insufficient space or there may not be a TV USB port for power.

To ease installation, we will supply a short flexible HDMI extension cable with the Eye2TV adaptor so that it can be mounted where space is restricted, parallel with the TV screen if needed. As well as the animation in this Kickstarter video, we will provide additional video instructions on how to install in this way. In the case where the TV does not have a spare USB port, Eye2TV can be powered from a readily-available USB charger such as those supplied with the iPad or most Android phones.

We are confident that we can develop and deliver a product which will greatly enhance your viewing experience, regardless of the degree of your colour-deficiency.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 12

    A high-quality image processed with Eyeteq sent as a .jpg file by email, PLUS
    Your name on the Eyeteq supporters page on the Eyeteq website if you so desire.

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    Your own personal image sent to us as a .jpg file by email, processed by us with the Eyeteq algorithm inside Eye2TV and sent back to you, PLUS
    Your name on the Eyeteq supporters page on the Eyeteq website if you so desire.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 62

    An Eye2TV adaptor with bluetooth remote control unit.

    Free upgrade to an IoS or Android remote-control app when it is developed after the Eye2TV product shipment.

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    Pledge £90 or more About US$ 112

    Two Eye2TV adaptors with bluetooth remote control units (e.g. for cable box and DVD player connected to same display).

    Free upgrade to an IoS or Android remote-control app when it is developed after the Eye2TV product shipment.

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    Pledge £135 or more About US$ 168

    Three Eye2TV adaptors with bluetooth remote control units (e.g. for displays in multiple rooms in the same house).

    Free upgrade to an IoS or Android remote-control app when it is developed after the Eye2TV product shipment.

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    Pledge £400 or more About US$ 497

    Ten Eye2TV adaptors with bluetooth remote control units shipped to a physical address in the USA, Canada or European Union (for large households with many displays and video sources, or enterprise applications).

    Free upgrade to an IoS or Android remote-control app when it is developed after the Eye2TV product shipment.

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Funding period

- (60 days)