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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Hardware News |

Bionic vision system could make the blind see, even if they have eyes

Bionic vision system could make the blind see, even if they have eyes

Researchers at in Australia are working on a brain implant that could restore the of people with diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, and even people who have lost their eyes in an accident.

The device, which is expected to begin trials next year, works through a combination of a wireless camera and an implant in the brain that stimulates the visual cortex, allowing users to view basic shapes.

The project manager, Arthur Lowery said the searches for the visually impaired and move smoothly in their environments. Not intended to have a vision of a healthy staff, but at least useful vision for their lives.

This means that a blind person can go to a meeting and recognize those who are there and how many. The person can also go outside and recognize the trees and other elements.

eyes, more formally known as “visual prosthesis” has been in development for over 20 years. While many researchers are investigating the concept, the system is distinguished Monash Bionic completely ignore the optical system. Since electrical stimulation goes directly to the cerebral cortex, not need eyes to work.

As shown in the video, thanks to the implant placed in the visual cortex, the individual can “see” images as made of pixels. Then you must learn to relate the images to perceived objects or persons in their environment.

Link: This bionic eye Could let the blind see, even if They do not have eyeballs (venturebeat.com)

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