Bionic eye for the blind

An international team of Scientists, led by Monash University claim to develop bionic eyes for the blind, which they state will be ready for human trials by 2013. These eyes will suit people who have lost their sight through traumatic injury or tumors, as well as for those with diseases effecting eyes like glaucoma and retinal disorders. The idea behind this invention is that this device will directly stimulate the brain’s vision centre using a diminutive implant. The implant is fed with signals from a camera that has been processed to extract the most useful information, depending on what the user requires to see. It does not require a functioning eyeball or optic nerve or visual pathways from the eye to the brain.

This device may help a lot of people who might have lost sight in some sort of accident or any other mishap. Also the technology infers that an array of electrodes inserted at the rear of the brain where the V1 vision region having a larger surface area compared to the retina will provide a better resolution. The technology will allow users to read floating texts and emails or augment their sight with computer-generated images in Terminator style.

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/02/2012

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