Bionic eye that links up to your glasses to cure blindness could be implanted in humans next year

  • Phoenix99 eye device implants chip in retina and connects to camera on glasses 
  • Scientists in Sydney hope to implant the system in a dozen patients by 2020
  • Two by four mm chip, which contains close to one million wires, was described as ‘most complex neuro-stimulation chip ever designed’ by scientist Nigel Lovell

Scientists are a step closer to creating a bionic eye which could help millions of blind people to see using a microchip implanted in the retina and a pair of glasses.

A team at the University of New South Wales in Sydney are also hoping to start human trials next year and plan to test the device in a dozen patients by 2020.

The Phoenix99 bionic vision system consists of a camera, attached to glasses, which transmits high-frequency signals to a microchip implanted in the retina.

Electrodes on the chip convert these signals into electrical impulses to stimulate cells in the retina that connect to the optic nerve.

In an explainer video of the high-tech device scientist Nigel Lovell said: ‘The image that is presented is by no means perfect, but it allows a degree of independence.

 

Electrodes on the chip convert these signals into electrical impulses to stimulate cells in the retina that connect to the optic nerve.

These impulses are then passed along the optic nerve and are interpreted as an image in the brain.

In an explainer video of the high-tech device scientist Nigel Lovell said: ‘The image that is presented is by no means perfect, but it allows a degree of independence……

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6499493/Bionic-eye-links-glasses-cure-blindness-implanted-humans-year.html

Source: Daily Mail

Image courtesy of Phoenix99

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