Future looks good for bionic eye prototype

A team of Australian researchers developing a bionic eye that could help restore sight to the blind will test a full prototype later this month.

The Monash Vision Group, a team of 50 scientists, believes it is on track to be the first in the world to implant a microchip into the brain of blind patients.

A patient will wear glasses with a tiny camera, which will act like an eye’s retina. A pocket processor will then convert these images into electronic signals to be sent to a microchip implant in the brain.

The procedure will insert 650 hair-thin electrodes into the visual cortex. When fully operationally, the patient will see low resolution black and white images — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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