All animals see and perceive their surroundings differently than humans. A free and open-source software QCPA (Quantitative Colour Pattern Analysis) Framework you can find out. What is the “normal” vision we are used to it is completely different from theirs, all resulting from millennia of evolution and adaptation.
The QCPA software
So here’s the idea of designing software that can edit images taken with your phone for make them equal to the vision of various animals.
The two creators, the “scientist, photographer and creator“, As defined on its website, Jolyon Troscianko and Cedric van der Berg, PhD student at the University of Queensland, called their project QCPA (Quantitative Color Pattern Analysis) and made it available for free on their website.
Van den Berg explained to Vice that thanks to artificial intelligences and deep learning today it is much easier to understand which evolutionary stimulus is due to the neural system that differentiates the perception of the world in animals from that of humans.
Before 2015, when development started, there were already other similar systems-based projects too advanced to be accessible to the population. Troscianko and van der Berg, on the other hand, understood that even the photos taken with the smartphone they could be a good starting point.
The “micaToolbox” collects all these techniques already developed adapting them to the most common use.
A software for biology
Van der Berg spiega a Vice: “The bulk of the software’s work concerns the analysis of color patterns in space”, Then adding how these patterns are useful for understanding animal neural mechanisms. To date, in fact, the main use of their program is in the biological and entomological field, providing help to understand the perception of some species.
The creators hope, however, that even “normal” people they begin to take an interest in their work, creating new possibilities for applications in the scientific field.