Touchable Memories, a campaign set up by Pirate3D has shown how technology can be used to better lives, through recreating the memories of five visually impaired people by 3D printing some photographs from their past.Read More
Advances in the restoration of vision have been fascinating to see, pardon the pun. Argus II relies on an external camera mounted to a pair of glasses, powered by an external processor. However, the Alpha IMS system, Developed by researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, uses electrodes placed within the patient's retina, re-engineering the human eye into a prosthetic.
A new bionic eye implant developed by company Nano Retina and which uses a vision-restoring sensor placed directly inside the eye is paving the way to restoring sight to completely blind patients.
Tests on a new kind of prosthetic eye have proven successful, meaning that the technology could someday allow around 25 million people who are blind due to retinal diseases to see in crystal clarity, by having much stronger intercommunication when portraying the image to the brain.
Shiela Nirenberg and Chetan Pandarinath, of Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York city have tested this retinal prosthetic in blind mice, discovering it gave them the power to see individual dimples on a baby's face. With this success comes the potential of human use.