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exclusive A real-life cyborg who can ‘hear’ colours? It’s not science fiction... and he’s from NI

The Belfast man produces ‘live sound portraits’ of superstar fans

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Unique: Neil Harbisson with the antenna sensor which is embedded in his head

Unique: Neil Harbisson with the antenna sensor which is embedded in his head

Unique: Neil Harbisson with the antenna sensor which is embedded in his head

Unique: Neil Harbisson with the antenna sensor which is embedded in his head

Neil Harbisson as a child in Glengormley with his grandmother Renee Harbisson

Neil Harbisson as a child in Glengormley with his grandmother Renee Harbisson

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Unique: Neil Harbisson with the antenna sensor which is embedded in his head

A Northern Ireland artist who can literally ‘hear’ colours — and who has been officially recognised as the world’s first ‘cyborg’ because of that — has told how celebrities such as Al Pacino, Bono and Prince Charles have become devoted fans of his work.

Belfast-born Neil Harbisson suffers from achromatopsia, a rare condition of colour-blindness that only permits him to see in black and white.


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