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Bionic Eye Attempts to Restore Vision

“A bionic eye prototype developed by researchers in Australia aims to implant an array of electrodes in the eye that can deliver electrical impulses directly to neurons in the retina.

The group, called Bionic Vision Australia, has developed a device called the wide-view neurostimulator for patients suffering from degenerative vision loss.

It is really designed to give people back their mobility so they can move around their environment and avoid obstacles,” says Anthony Burkitt, research director of Bionic Vision Australia. “We are also working on a second-generation product that will help people recognize faces and read large print.”  Read the whole article here.

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Yes.. the idea of “bionic” implants is the sort of stuff science fiction writers have been playing with for years. And implanting tech in our bodies does raise some “slippery slope” concerns, worthy of some lively debate. But, don’t doubt, we are now at the stage of Man’s development where “micro” surgical techniques are sufficiently developed, and the technology sufficiently “miniaturized”, that science fiction like this is becoming our reality. Sure, this is only a 1st Gen prototype, but…

Yes.. I have some concerns. But, helping a blind “vision-challenged” person “see” — what could possibly be wrong with that?

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April 5, 2010 - Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. teşekkürler (: thanks

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    Comment by uğur | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Bionic Eyes,Kewel Science or is it?

    When I read about the bionic eye my first reaction was, “wow, great” there will be a lot of people out there who will benefit from this technology.

    Then I was nudged by my views of some of the other technologies that concern me, implants in our bodies for various other reasons… But, we are living in the Star Trec World… so what’s next?

    g.

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    Comment by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 | Reply

    • g,
      I was hoping that this article would provoke some thought. And, yes, “Sci-fi” is coming true. We do not have starships nor hand phasers, yet, but much else Star Trek-ish we do.

      Man could build “super soldiers” whose “bionic eyes” could see for miles, in the dark, through smoke and fog, and detect weapons through clothing (as we already have cameras that can do so) and see through walls… so he probably will.
      We use robots for bomb disposal already, as well as “drone” aircraft. Man will only perfect and advance “battle bots”.

      Bionics.. implanted chips.. are simply tools. Tools can be used for good or harm (any tool). Restoring sight to a blind person = good. Creating policemen who can see through the walls of your home.. maybe not so good.

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      Comment by techpaul | April 6, 2010 | Reply


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