Bionic Eye

People with vision problems have always lived troubled lives, having to navigate around without one of the most important senses of the human species. But that’s all about to change.

Researchers at Second Sight, an organization trying to help those with eye problems, have developed the Argus II, a revolutionary vision system that allows people with Retinitis Pigmentosa, the so called “tunnel vision,” to actually see. Using a wireless video camera on a pair of glasses along with a sensor installed directly onto the eye, the user is able to receive information about what the camera is looking at. Although the resolution of the image is only about 60 black-and-white pixels, due to lack of space next to the eye, this is still a huge step up from having no vision at all. Scientists are further improving on the project to allow more resolution, and hopefully even color vision into the agenda.

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