Dr. Michael Beyeler and his team at UC Santa Barbara are prepping a smart prosthesis that provides cues to the visually impaired, much like a computer vision system talks to a self-driving car.
Today, over 10 million people worldwide are living with profound visual impairment, many due to retinal degeneration diseases. Ahead of this week’s Augmented Humans International Conference, we spoke with Dr. Michael Beyeler, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Psychological & Brain Sciences at UCSB, who is forging ahead with synthetic sight trials at his Bionic Vision Lab and will be presenting a paper at the conference.
One appeal of bionic eye technologies is that these devices are being designed for people who have been blinded by degenerative disease of the eye as well as injury or trauma to the visual cortex. In other words, they have been able to see for the better part of their lives, but due to an accident or a hereditary disease they have lost their vision, and perhaps want it back.
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