picture of an eyeYou may know that your retina is made up of rods and cones.  This light sensitive receptors can become damaged due to eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.  The technology being developed uses a ultra-thin flexible, wireless, micro-electronic device that delivers electrical stimulation to the cells that carry visual information to the brain.  The idea is to have a thin little chip in your eye that reads the view and send electrical impulses through the retina to the brain. 

An article I read states: This summer, the researchers plan to test the implants on animals. Within the next few years, they hope to start performing human trails. Wyatt says: “What level of achievement that would actually be is hard to know; but the idea is of not having to use the white cane – to walk around, find the sidewalk, avoiding a telephone pole. Being able to navigate safely in an unfamiliar environment,, that’s the big topic.” 

For more information read the following site:  http://www.bostonretinalimplant.org/


1 Response to “Insight”

  1. 1 mark1point0
    19/12/2009 at 6:18 pm

    “we can rebuild him. we have the technology.”
    It is funny to watch, sci-fi transfer into reality. Fascinating.

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