Writing in rainbows

Kmail is an e-mail system for Kromofons, an alphabet in which the 26 English letters are represented solely by specific colors.

One of the beauties of computing is that it can take your imagination on just the wildest rides.


The latest incarnation of this is Kmail, an e-mail system based on Kromofons. So what is Kromofons? It is an alphabet in which the 26 English letters are represented solely by colors. A Florida doctor named Lee Freedman came up with the alphabet as a teen in the early 1970s. He just needed technology to catch up so he could spread the concept. It finally has.

You can write e-mails that look like rainbows. Check it out here.

Apparently, kids can catch on to this faster than adults--always a no-brainer. But just imagine the fun of writing secret messages that only other Kromofons insiders can understand. Imagine creating art that literally speaks to people. Imagine actually being able to read people's chicken scratch. I wonder if there is a Kromofons colored-pencil set yet?

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