The thought of bionic eyeballs is nothing new. However, researchers have had mixed results on the matter. That is about to change. Australian researchers at Bionic Vision Australia. The company teamed up with more researchers at the University of South Wales and have just recently announced their findings.
The design boasts a pair of glasses mounted with a camera, a pocket-mounted CPU, and a wireless electrode chip that has to be surgically implanted. Ow? Ow. Still, this is a great idea. That chip is where the magic happens. It features 98 electrodes that stimulate the optic nerve. This results in improved vision. Nice!
Clinical trials are scheduled to start later this year and the company plans to have the implants ready to be, um, implanted by 2013. Get in line now.