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[For more about our Oxy-Iso and its ability to aid some red-green color-deficients, see this link. Buy them at Amazon.]

  • “This is exciting. I have not been able to see colors my entire life. … They really work. I recommend them.” Cary M. Silverman, MD, ophthalmic surgeon, Eyecare 20:20, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7jJa_MxGaQ

  • “After 20+ years of medical education, I had a healthy skepticism about these glasses. I mean, how can you “cure” color-blindness, my cone cells have a mutation and my brain has learned to adapt. My eyes simply can’t absorb light at those frequencies. But, I was intrigued. As a surgeon, being color blind has not affected me as much as you might think, texture is very important, as is consistency, and I think I rely on those cues all the time. However, I do have a problem telling if something is bile-stained versus just bloody, and dark bloody emesis I could only tell by the smell. But as an art lover, and flower lover, being color blind is just annoying. Not to mention trying to shop at places like J. Crew where all the stupid colors are like, “stone” and “sledge”. What? // Anyway, I bought these on a lark, and OH MY GOD, THEY WORK!!! I only get 1 right on the Ishihara color blindness plate test (red-green and some blue-yellow deficiencies), but with these glasses, I got more than half right! It makes everything brighter and so much more intense! I scrolled through a website of Impressionist paintings and it was incredible! Beautiful!! I can see red flowers on trees now!! I can see the red on birds’ wings!! It’s actually almost overwhelming, I don’t wear them very often because it makes me a little sad that I’ve lived 44 years with a muted palette. I haven’t tried them in the OR yet, but I’m on call Wednesday… Makes me wish I’d invented or invested.” Dr. Marie Crandall, Associate Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • “I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed using your eyewear, especially the Oxy-Iso glasses. I now use them in all of my leg vein procedures. Being color blind makes finding deeper (reticular) cutaneous veins a challenge; the Oxy-Iso eyewear makes them much easier to see. … We actually have the Christie Vein Viewer (one of the IR devices) in our office… Although it is a very cool product, it does markedly alter the appearance of veins and the treatment process itself. While I haven’t used the IR device much for sclerotherapy, I use my Oxy-Iso’s every single time. … I can’t live without my O2amps.” Daniel Friedmann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery

  • “Currently, I occasionally try them during orthopedic surgeries, but mostly during speys and castrations. Some of the pregnant or recently pregnant dogs/cats (especially cats) have large networks of enlarged superficial vasculature just beneath the skin, and the glasses can be beneficial in identifying and avoiding these during the initial incision.” Dr. Aaron Raney, color-deficient veterinarian

  • “I’ve just received a couple of special specs to attempt to reduce my colour blindness, from Mark Changizi and O2Amp. When I first put one of them on, I got a shiver of excitement at how vibrant and red lips, clothes and other objects around me seemed. I’ve just done a quick 8 plate Ishihara colour blindness test. I scored 0/8 without the specs (so obviously colour blind), but 8/8 with them on (normal colour vision)!” Daniel Bor, psychologist, University of Sussex, author, The Ravenous Brain.

  • “I tested the glasses on a r-g deficient patient and he was amazed.” Dr. Jeff Sciberras, Optometrist

  • “I found the red one to be useful (or, at least, the one that my wife tells me is red!). It makes many colors more vivid, although what looks white without them has just the slightest tinge of pink through the lens. Compared to the other two, it’s much closer to what I have imagined that “normal” people see, and the colors match up with what I’m told they are.” Russell Belding

  • “Your O2Amp glasses just nearly eliminated my wife’s color blindness! It was incredible to watch her take those tests.” Samuel Arbesman, scientist, author of Half-Life of Facts, writer for WIRED

  • “…the oxy-iso lens blew me away. All of a sudden, the numbers just appeared on the screen!” Debra Miller Arbesman.

  • “Words can’t express how it feels…” Bruce Berls, “Amazing! Oxy-Iso Glasses Cure Red-Green Colorblindness.

  • “Putting on the Oxy-Iso lenses is almost scary as it reveals clear and intentional color differences that I could not see at all. It reveals something everyone sees but me.” Luke Harrington

  • “This is a life-changing product! For 73 years I have been seriously handicapped by red-green colour blindness. I can now read all the Ishihara tests with ease and can see blossoms on the trees for the first time! Thank you very much.” David A.

  • “While the Oxy-Iso glasses don’t magically grant me normal sight, they *do* create a new visual palette that contains much more information about the reds and greens of the world than I can normally see. The cost of this enhancement is a reduction in the fidelity of pure whites, yellows and blues, and an overall darker scene. To paraphrase 2AI Labs, the glasses distribute the confusion so it’s less focused on the red-green. That being said, with good lighting the Oxy-Iso allowed me to successfully complete the Ishihara plate test at nearly 100% accuracy, where before I always failed it in spectacular fashion. Walking around outside, I noticed color differences that I’d never seen before.” Ryan Yokley

    “I bought these as a gift for a friend of mine. He is a 50 year old man who has been colour blind all his life. He loves the glasses and wears them all the time especially for driving as he he says the colour enhancement is amazing. As a man myself, I am bordering colour blind and cannot pass the Ishihara colour blind test. When the lenses were delivered here I tried them myself and passed hte test easily. So I would recommend them. For reference the lenses are quite thick and would not be easy to break by children.” Stephen J.

  • “They’re not the cure-all for color deficiency, but they make color vision better.” Kenneth Baratto, September 30, 2013

  • “I’m using some of your lenses to differentiate between colours in A-level chemistry as I’m colourblind, they work!” Alastair Paterson

  • “I have just received the glasses I ordered and I am pleased to say there is a definite improvement in my colour vision.” Keith Rogan

  • “I have received the Oxy-Iso. (speechless) WOW! This is the first time I can go through the Ishihara test without feeling like an idiot. I went through it with my colleagues and they said I looked like a child opening Christmas presents. Hahaha! Reds scream at you! The contrast with the greens is truly remarkable. My colleagues where impressed by how veins stand out, it is really something big. Every day I find new things, it’s like having a new pair of eyes. Thanks, Mark. Truly remarkable. Congratulations! Great job!” Dr. Matias Nochetto

  • “I wanted to send you a sincere, heart-felt thank you for your work on the O2AMP Oxy-Iso lenses. My boyfriend is red-green colorblind, and after 30 years he is now able to see the rosiness of his niece’s cheeks, the shades of red brick on the streets of Boston, and a full spectrum of colors which he has never experienced. He received the lenses yesterday and he has not taken them off aside from when he slept. Again, thank you so very, very much.” Katie Ireson

  • “These glasses are indeed incredible. For years I thought that I was stupid until I realised in my 20s that I was colour blind. When I got the glasses, I immediately tried the Ishihara test, and got 100%. I can appreciate so much colour contrast that before I just had to take on trust. Everything seems so much clearer; it is as if I have turned on the contrast button. I realise that the glasses were not developed as a ‘cure’ for colour blindness and so they are not marketed in the UK- but they are little short of miraculous. Well done!!!” Chris Finch, Sept 30, 2013

  • “Thrilled I did a Ishihara test. Wonderful! I think it was a good buy.” Mauro Farbene

  • “A quick scan of the real world and yes there seems to be something to this. The evergreen trees definitely popped more green than the brown grass and leaves. It will not revolutionize my life, but I look forward to carrying one of these lenses in my bag to use whenever I go clothes shopping or similar.” Neckbeard.ca

  • “My first word when I put on the glasses: “Wow!” I’ve since used that word many, many times. On a 38 plate Ishihara test for red-green colorblindness I scored 50% without the glasses and 100% with them! Before these glasses, I had no idea how dull the world looked through my eyes. Reds really pop. So do blues. I knew that I didn’t have many, if any, green cones so I did not expect much help with greens and, indeed, I only received minimal improvement with greens. I also knew that the glasses would sacrifice yellows and whites and, indeed, they are darker for me with the glasses. I have worn the glasses to see paintings, flowers, television, old photos, and I even stopped in a paint store to see the phenomenal change in color swatches.” Mark S. Kramer (San Diego)

  • “I wanted to send you a sincere, heart-felt thank you for your work on the O2AMP Oxy-Iso lenses. My boyfriend is red-green colorblind, and after 30 years he is now able to see the rosiness of his niece’s cheeks, the shades of red brick on the streets of Boston, and a full spectrum of colors which he has never experienced. He received the lenses yesterday and he has not taken them off aside from when he slept.” Iris K.

  • “I can add that as I have had these on more I discovered that I can now play all of those color based tetris like games that I always screwed up before. Recognizing that red’s are actually lighter than I knew was a real revelation as well. Please dont hesitate ..these glasses bring a new level of color to those who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance.” Bobby J. (Florida)

  • “If your on the fence about these, let me just say that I can honestly say these work, although to the degree of the users ailment will determine the final result, for me, being hopelessly colorblind I can differentiate colors, the reds jump into out, I still fail the tests but I couldn’t care less because I can see the difference in colors now.” David Coates (Columbus)

  • “My son saw colors for the first time! He is like a kid with a new & important toy! It is like a miracle. Thank you.” Sandra (New Orleans)

  • “I had to try them, working in the Dental field, colors are very important in many aspects of my practice. They vary from instruments identification, diagnosis of the oral cavity, and many other aspects. I went from the muted colors that I was used to all my life, to what I perceive as a more bold, and brighter red and greens. To me the darker red shades, like maroons and burgandy colors are more lighter with the oxy-iso on. I went from not seeing any numbers on the online color blindness tests, to seeing most of them. It has been stated that there may be some limitations of these online test due to screen settings and ambient light. But going from seeing nothing to almost all of them is truly remarkable to me.” DKH (Glen Cove)

  • “Certainly do what I need, to help me fill my job requirements, very happy. Thank you very much O2 amps!” Jean-Guy Sasseville

  • “Without the Oxy-Iso he could “see” by tracing with his finger 4 of the Ishihara plates. After he could see all but 2 of the trickier ones and was able to trace those.” Justin Nyquist

  • “These lenses have reduced my colorblindness tremendously. I hope 2AI Labs can further fine-tune and develop a lens that will not dilute the blues and yellows as much, but the reds and greens are absolutely outstanding! It’s almost eerie being able to see some of these colors for the first time!” Ryan J., May 12, 2013

  • “I have the oxy iso and they are great. 100% score. Fabulous.” Chris

  • “Just received my O2Amp Oxy-Iso glasses. Real colors are weirder than I ever knew! Amazing I am seeing new colors for the first time!” Brian Weston

  • “The glasses work to some extent. They may not be a substitute for perfect color vision but its a good start.” sree60, August 6, 2013

  • “Will recommend to my other friends who has colour deficiency problem like me.” Mohamad R., June 23, 2013

  • “lens actually make a significant difference.” Marek M., June 19, 2013

  • “i realized. all the rainbow color I have been seeing is all bleached out looking rainbow. With this oxy-iso put on, I can see more colors, traffic lights are more clear, sporty looking glasses, I can see the numbers on the color testing board( that book shows number in the colorful circle thing), and best of all, now I can understand why my wife wants hot pink underwear… lol” Jimmy Kim

  • “OMFG! I see red!” Arctic Automaton, Oct 5, 2013

  • “When I first put on the Oxy-Iso glasses I was blow away with red, it was though someone had turned lights on the roses in my back yard and I actually saw some deep red mums on a plant that I thought had not bloomed . I saw pink in the sunset and I can hardly wait for the leafs to change. However, after I was taken by the brightness of the reds is how all shades and values of greens seemed to turn into a muted, kind of ugly almost brown color. My second surprise was the difficulty in telling orange and red from each other. As a painter I will keep the glasses to augment my color mixing to include red and orange shades when needed, however I will take them off to observe the depth of the greens. As a side note I passed every tile in the Ishihara charts (26 out of 26); something I usually get maybe three correct with at least one good (lucky) guess.” AJohn

  • “I use these for work purposes, to see changes in colour for lab tests. They help so much, especially where my main problem is waiting for purple to turn blue. Great product, glad I came across these.” Jeffrey Williams

  • “I have Red Green colorblindness. I used these glasses last night to watch the Movie “OZ the Great and Powerful”. I could not believe all the great colors. I realized last night how much I have really missed over the years. The glasses do not fix everything. I still cannot see the difference between the Yellow and Red on most stop lights. I plan on trying them again in our next movie. I have also started using them when I touch up my photos in PhotoShop. My wife tells me the final results are much better. The price is steep but I can tell you I have enjoyed them.” Golfdude

  • “I can’t say enough about Karen, the General Manager at LensCrafters at Parkway Plaza. I needed a special set of color vision lenses (O2Amp Oxy-Iso; available from Amazon) cut and fitted to frames and she offered to do it. I hadn’t expected LensCrafters to do it because neither the lenses nor the frames were from LensCrafters. She and the staff were as excited as I was about the lenses that allow me to see red and green; everyone had to try them once they were cut! I am so thankful for Karen and her team for doing this. They receive my highest recommendation!” Mark K., Oct 6, 2013

  • “When the glasses arrived he looked at the test plates and couldn’t distinguish the hidden numbers without the glasses. However with the glasses on he could distinguish them all. He has also used them in his college lab work. He is very excited to have them. They were well packaged and as usual arrived very quickly. Highly recommended.” R. Drew, December 12, 2013

  • “Amazing product! I passed the color vision test for the first time… in tears! Wow!” Computer Guy, Dec 6, 2013

  • “P.S. My dad really loves the glasses!” Bill, December 2013

  • “Oh my god! I totally see green!” Miles Baker, December 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Lqi95R-jk

  • “To me, as a dirt-poor teenager, these were absolutely worth the $277. My world is not “fixed”, but I can find things I’ve never noticed before. I can see things in art that escaped me before. A world of plant life that had escaped my notice, or was simply a pain to focus on, is now much easier for me to view, assuming I have them with me. The first month was the most exciting, of course, but I find myself appreciating them fairly regularly, even more so as we head into the Christmas season.” Swamp Gentleman, December, 2013

  • “I am super happy with these glasses! Love love love them… totally worth the money” Sherri, December 2013

  • “Your amazing lenses have changed my life. Gardens, Art galleries, and even just day-to-day activities are filled with new color experiences. Thank you.” Herbert Connor, chemist, January 2014

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  • “I have had no eye-strain after about 4 hours surgery with this glasses. I could see the operation view well, it looks like compensated with Photoshop.” Dr. Kei Nomura, Chief of Center for brain and spine surgery – Aoyama General Hospital

  • “If this saves us from putting in 1 extra PICC line it [which can cost $3k w/ ultrasound] would pay for 10 pair.” Saint Alphonsus Medical Center

  • “I use these glasses and sometimes a vein light from Veinlite to do Sclerotherapy for varicose veins and telangectasias . Since I got the glasses, I find that I can do more treatment of more vessels without the light.” Seth McLaughlin

  • “…students can watch real blood flow, by blocking and squeezing veins, easier than bare eyes. I had ‘wows’ from the students.” Dr. Tohru Murakami, Professor of Anatomy, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine

  • “I’m the parent of a 3 year old severe haemophiliac and we are learning to do IV infusions at home. For the time being, that means mom and dad are practising vein finding and establishing a port on each other. There is definitely a distinct difference in our vein finding ability with the glasses on: Its a great confidence boost. I find that really bright light improves the effect dramatically. Whereas without the glasses, bright light can have a bleaching effect on the visual field; with the glasses on, veins truly stand out like a road map.” [Kept anonymous.]

  • “I have received the Oxy-Iso. (speechless) WOW! Reds scream at you! The contrast with the greens is truly remarkable. My colleagues where impressed by how veins stand out, it is really something big. Truly remarkable. Congratulations! Great job!” Dr. Matias Nochetto

  • “I have truly integrated them as a 1st line tool for technical professionalism and safe patient care. I have been using your O2 AMP medical optics as I assist, on the average 3 cardiac catheterization procedures a day for over two months now, and they have become an essential tool for visualizing and determining cardiac anatomy as well as any deficiencies. The clarity and magnification they provide is an asset to patient care while reducing eye strain and fatigue. In addition my success with 1st time intravenous therapy insertions has become even more efficient with O2 AMP medical optic’s enhanced visualizations of vein color. Respectfully, Warren Mackey R.N., Boise/Meridian Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, St. Luke’s Health Services”

  • “Used the Iso’s on a gentleman, couldn’t feel on either arm. Was able to really see the basillic vein of the L antecubital. Was a successful draw. Apparently this man was a very hard draw. Patient stated: ‘technology is a beautiful thing.’ He told me he hates having his blood drawn. He left very happy. I feel like I have a little cheat and its wonderful! =D” Tara Roberts, ASCP certified phlebotomy technician at a St Lukes clinic in Boise ID.

  • “…I see a dramatic difference.” Phillip Svehla, Phlebotek

  • “I got the O2 Amps today and what else can I saw other then they are amazing.” Stephen Courson, Nurse, U Miami

  • “…a striking visualization of what lies beneath the skin.” Dr. Barbara Changizi, Director of Neuromodulation, Mt. Sinai Medical Center

  • “…veins were obvious with the dark purple eyewear.” Jason Goldman, developmental psychologist and writer for Scientific American.

  • “I have successfully used the darkest pink glasses to start many difficult IV’s. Once, in an attempt to place a line in a child, only a small circular region of the vein was visible, and so its orientation imperceptible. But with the Oxy glasses, enough of the vein became visible that its orientation could be seen, and the line placed.” Jake Youren, St. Alphonsus Medical Center.

  • “A car accident victim complained in the ER of chest and abdomen pain, and although no bruising was apparent, with the Hemo-Iso glasses one could clearly see the bruised impression of the seat belt on her chest and abdomen.” Jake Youren, St. Alphonsus Medical Center.

  • “The small surface vessels seem to stand out nicely and when doing quick scans for veins it is quite helpful. The darker shade is much more functional in the back of the well lit ambulance and as advertised, the lighter shade is better for all around use.” Dan Ruegsegger, The largest Ambulance / EMS company (AMR)

  • “All the customers noticed that [the Oxy-Iso] eyewear really improves our vision to see the veins. They think it might be very useful for blood withdraw, specially in kids. Also, they noticed that glasses protects a lot the eyes, considering it as personal protection device.” Rodrigo Didario, distributor in Brazil.

  • “The glasses are a great hit with the staff on the Msed mobile hospital unit. During the height of [Hurricane] Sandy, we successfully delivered a preterm baby at 35 weeks in a church. I used the glasses to detect oxygenation as the child came out and it helped prevent intubation knowing that vital information. The story made it to the news as well as the discovery channel which just filmed a documentary on how the innovation and technology of the mobile hospital.” Jason Steinfeld, registered respiratory therapist.

  • “I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed using your eyewear, especially the Oxy-Iso glasses. I now use them in all of my leg vein procedures . Being color blind makes finding deeper (reticular) cutaneous veins a challenge; the Oxy-Iso eyewear makes them much easier to see.” Daniel Friedmann, MD, Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery

  • “As a surgeon, being color blind has not affected me as much as you might think, texture is very important, as is consistency, and I think I rely on those cues all the time. However, I do have a problem telling if something is bile-stained versus just bloody, and dark bloody emesis I could only tell by the smell. … I bought these on a lark, and OH MY GOD, THEY WORK!!!” Dr. Marie Crandall, Associate Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • “Currently, I occasionally try them during orthopedic surgeries, but mostly during speys and castrations. Some of the pregnant or recently pregnant dogs/cats (especially cats) have large networks of enlarged superficial vasculature just beneath the skin, and the glasses can be beneficial in identifying and avoiding these during the initial incision.” Dr. Aaron Raney, color-deficient veterinarian

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Whether you like our O2Amp “Oxy-Iso” for its applications in medical, colorblindness, or sunwear (see below), you’ll be excited to get the technology in Smith frames if you’re one of our first 50 orders starting today.

For a limited time, our Oxy-Iso eyewear will be in Smith frames. …the first 50 orders beginning today.

We’ve been selling our O2Amp eyewear for medical and colorblindness purposes, but — the secret is — I have been wearing our technology for the last year for a different reason altogether. …as sunglasses.

Of our current three eyewear technologies, the Oxy-Iso has for me been the perfect sunglasses. Dark enough for sunny days, but what’s fantastic about it is that it enhances how everyone looks around me in a way that’s frankly a joy. We hadn’t anticipated this — this cosmetic side to our technology. Nor did we figure that one might actually enjoy this enhanced view of people and their emotional skin states. I personally love it!

The Oxy-Iso enhances and isolates perception of variations in the oxygenation of blood just under the skin of those around you, but it blocks perception of variations in the concentration of blood under the skin. People, and their skin, look better both for what the Oxy-Iso amplifies, and for what it blocks. Seeing the enhanced variations in oxygenation mimics, we believe, what younger skin looks like. And seeing less of the variations in the concentration of blood helps diminish perception of skin irregularities. In all, people somehow seem more brilliantly vital and alive, although that’s not doing it justice. (The world also turns out to look great.)

We now have prototype polarized, non-pink, sunglass versions of one of our other technologies, the Oxy-Amp, so it will soon also be a candidate for sunglasses. It is this Oxy-Amp technology that is a strict enhancement to our color vision, enhancing the oxygenation signal by blocking very narrow bands of noise coming from the skin. By shading the sun at these noisy bands, one shades the sun smartly in those bands that actually hinder what color vision is principally for. But, alas, these darker versions of the Oxy-Amp aren’t available quite yet.

But the Oxy-Iso makes a great pair or sunglasses, and is available now. In fact, starting today we have a promotion where the first 50 orders of the Oxy-Iso will be inside Smith frames rather than our usual frames.

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Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, a managing director of O2Amp, and the author of HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man and THE VISION REVOLUTION. He is finishing up his new book, HUMAN 3.0, a novel about our human future, and working on his next non-fiction book, FORCE OF EMOTION.

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ABC Nightline‘s Bill Weir talked with me about our O2Amp technology, and our Oxy-Iso’s ability to aid with colorblindness.

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Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, a managing director of O2Amp, and the author of HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man and THE VISION REVOLUTION. He is finishing up his new book, HUMAN 3.0, a novel about our human future, and working on his next non-fiction book, FORCE OF EMOTION.

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O2Amp moves into lighting

O2Amp moves into lighting, for medical and everyday spaces. Bathe the whole space -- no eyewear needed.

O2Amp moves into lighting for medical and everyday spaces. Bathe the whole space — no eyewear needed.

At O2Amp we have patented optical filter technology specifically designed for helping us see people better. Last year we began producing eyewear for applications in medicine. We have had great reactions (see near the end of this story), and O2Amp was listed among the “Top Seven Health Innovations of 2012″.

We at O2Amp have now begun moving into lighting, because all the same perceptual enhancement occurs by bathing an entire room in the filtered light — no eyewear needed. The photo above is our first “O2Lamp” prototype.

There are two broad markets we’re working hard to move into: medical and everyday lighting.

MEDICAL LIGHTING

  1. General lighting for hospitals and ambulances: One of our three technologies (the Oxy-Amp) enhances perception of variations of oxygenation under the skin, providing a strict improvement to a clinician’s ability to assess, diagnose, and treat a patient. The filter cuts very little light out of the illuminant, provides the warm and human-friendly lighting expected for patient satisfaction, but has the tremendous benefit of aiding doctors, nurses and emergency personnel at perceiving the patient’s health.
  2. Specialized lighting for procedures: The three distinct O2Amp technologies (Oxy-Amp, Oxy-Iso, Hemo-Iso) provide distinct clinical viewing benefits, and we are in conversations with lighting companies to get the technologies in special-purpose lighting for surgeries and other procedures. One way to describe the technology is this: ambient near-surface passive medical imaging.
  3. Skin examination: Although O2Amp technology is designed for amplifying perception of blood under the skin, as a consequence the skin itself becomes more transparent, and easier to assess. (…akin to holding up a piece of parchment to a light, and only then being able to see the subtle variations in the parchment.) Here there are applications for dermatology, as well as for cosmeticians.

EVERYDAY LIGHTING

  1. Truly warm lighting: People perceive bluer white lights to be “cool”, and redder white lights to be “warm.” One of the principal reasons for this is that the redder lights help make the blood more visible in the skin of those around you — it amplifies the “warmth” from other people. Our O2Amp filter technology enhances these blood signals directly, and can be added to any white light, even blue-ish ones. Warmth isn’t just for red any more.
  2. Cosmetic lighting: Younger skin tends to be more transparent, with well-perfused underlying flesh. Because the O2Amp (the Oxy-Amp in particular) amplifies the visibility of the underlying blood, the result is that skin appears more transparent, and the flesh underlying it more perfused. …mimicking the traits found in more youthful skin. Skin looks younger and healthier under Oxy-Amp lighting, something useful in any everyday setting, but potentially especially so in clothing stores.

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Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man and The Vision Revolution. He is finishing up his new book, HUMAN 3.0, a novel about our human future, and working on his next non-fiction book, FORCE OF EMOTION.

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O2Amp

I’m proud to announce that the O2Amp was listed as one of the
top seven health innovations of 2012 by Healthy Black Men Magazine. More about the O2Amp.

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You’ve heard about our O2Amp eyewear designed for viewing people — their health and emotions.

Here’s what it’s like to look through them…

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Note that, by “good light is needed,” we mean outdoor lighting or a head lamp.

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And…below is the five-step training sheet for those new to the technology.

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Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man and The Vision Revolution. He is finishing up his new book, HUMAN 3.0, a novel about our human future.

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The O2Amp amplifies perception of emotions, moods and health. Really.

One of the “7 Major Health Innovations of 2012 that Matter”.

And, no, they’re not merely tinted glasses. …gray (non-pink) versions coming soon.

O2Amps by 2AI

As seen in TIME Magazine, Technology Review, and WIRED, the world’s first eyewear designed to enhance the visibility of blood beneath the skin, giving doctors, nurses and other medical personnel a clearer view of vasculature, oxygenation, and trauma.

The O2Amp furnishes superior powers of clinical assessment and diagnosis, better visualizations for procedures and blood work, and is a central piece of medicine’s next-generation toolkit. Eye protection, but with an enhanced perception of health.

Comfortably wear it all day, or quickly pull it out as needed, whether it’s emergency medicine, surgery, dermatology, neonatology or elsewhere.

“It looks like my vision is compensated with Photoshop,” says neurosurgeon Dr. Kei Nomura, Chief of Center for Brain and Spine Surgery, Aoyama General Hospital.

We at 2AI Labs are excited to have our first spin-off company, O2Amps, the home of our patented eyewear and light filtering technology that amplifies one’s view of the emotions and health visible in the color and pallor of other people’s skin.

The technology comes out of my research while at Caltech on the evolution of color vision in primates, where I provided evidence that color vision evolved to sense oxygenation modulations in the hemoglobin under the skin. Once one understands the connection between our color vision and blood physiology, it’s possible to build filters that further amplify our perception of the blood and the signals it provides (a patented invention by myself and my co-director, Tim Barber).

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Because color vision evolved for everyday wear, so to speak, one of our largest markets is for everyday-wear sunglasses, to enhance one’s perception of the emotion, mood and health signals we evolved to detect with our color vision. For example, typical sunglasses shade the world but also end up shading one’s connections to other people; this is exemplified by the way people tip up their sunglasses to get a better look at someone. Our technology shades the world but not the social; for the O2Amps, one sees other people better by keeping them on, rather than tipping them up.

There are also applications in security, sports, poker, and dating. (See projects in development.)

And there are applications in medicine, which is where we believe we can make the greatest impact. In fact, for medicine we have developed three different technologies, and they can be described as…

— (i) Oxy-Iso: An oxygenation-isolator that amplifies perception of oxygenation modulations under the skin (and eliminates perception of variations in the concentration of hemoglobin),

— (ii) Hemo-Iso: A trauma-detector, or hemoglobin-concentration-isolator, that amplifies perception of hemoglobin concentrations under the skin (and eliminates perception of variations in oxygenation), and

— (iii) Oxy-Amp: A general clinical enhancer, or oxygenation-amplifier, that combines the best features of the first two; it eliminates neither signal (i.e., it retains perception of both variation in hemoglobin oxygenation and concentration), and only amplifies perception of oxygenation. It provides a strict enhancement to exactly the thing primate color vision evolved to sense.

We’ve received great interest from medical professionals interested in trying out the O2Amp, and we’re moving now to get them in hospitals and among clinical staff everywhere.

We’re also moving into lighting, where entire spaces can be filled with the same filtered light. …no eyewear needed.

We believe our Oxy-Amp is the new starting point for lens blanks.

Colorblind folk have found that the Oxy-Iso provides a big help for their red-green blindness.

See the O2Amp site for all our projects in development.

Note that good light is needed for the technology, by which we mean outdoor lighting or a head lamp.

Some useful links:
– The start-up for this technology… o2amp.com
Video from Daily Planet television show, Discovery Channel.
ABC News’ This Could Be Big Television.
– Introductory video (by filmmaker Emon Hasson)… Intro video
– Some testimonials… Testimonials
More testimonials
– What one sees… Illustration, Description
– Train yourself… in five steps (text only version).
– The research article on the evolution of color vision… Journal article

Some of the press interest in o2amp.com:
MSNBC, Sciencebase, Tech Rev, Betabeat, PopSci, ExameInformatica, Smithsonian, LiveScience/Yahoo, WIRED, NZ Herald, Investors, DesignBoom, Mobiledia, Discovery, PSFK, Neoteo, Earthsky, Good, Wissenundkonzepte, Stuff, Forbes, Actualidad, Geek, Gizmodo, PSFK, Neatorama, TIME, Oprah, BBC, DarkDaily; Lost At E Minor, ZenniOptical. Prevention Magazine, Scientific American / Txchnologist, Slashdot, Diffusion Radio, io9, The Times UK [subscription], BBC, Discovery News, Daily Mail UK, New Scientist, Smart Planet, CBC, Unexplained Mysteries, Telegraph, Voice of Russia, Geek Chic Mama, NY Daily News, GizMag, The Argus, Elite Daily, Columbia Chronicle, Under the Gun, Today, PopSci,
ABC News’ This Could Be Big.

Also, listed as one of the “7 Major Health Innovations of 2012 that Matter”.

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Mark Changizi is Director of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man and The Vision Revolution. He is finishing up his new book, HUMAN 3.0, a novel about our human future.

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