MELBOURNE: Do you remember cyborgs of James Cameron’s Terminator series of Hollywood science fiction movies? We are getting closer to that fiction day by day.
Melbourne-based Monash University is witnessing the development of a new Bionic Eye (more formally called Visual Prosthese), that could help blind and visually impaired people to see light and shapes for the first time. The technique will help the patients with Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.
The technique consists of a camera similar to eye equipped with a wireless transmitter and a brain implant of a small microprocessor. The camera receives visual light from outside world and wirelessly transmits it to the small microprocessor implanted inside the brain which then stimulates visual cortex of brain to spark some basic visual stimuli.
Bionic Eye will be ready to be tested in humans by the middle of next year i.e. 2014. Project Director of Bionic Eye, Arthur Lowery told The Guardian :