Two blind British men have electronic retinas fitted

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    Two blind British men have electronic retinas fitted

    Two British men who have been totally blind for many years have had part of their vision restored after surgery to fit pioneering eye implants.

    They are able to perceive light and even some shapes from the devices which were fitted behind the retina.

    The men are part of a clinical trial carried out at the Oxford University Eye Hospital and King's College Hospital in London.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-17936302
     
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    This is the stuff of legend.
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    Whenever Uncle Ferd wants to peek around corners, he just turns his spy periscope sideways...
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    Light trick to see around corners
    15 July 2012 - Scientists have found a novel way to get images through "scattering" materials such as frosted glass or even skin, or even "see around corners".
     
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    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    Nice to see the use of SLModulators for stuff other than watching the Kardashians.

    And those visual systems for the blind --- won't be hard to get volunteers for that -- will it?

    Long ago -- I did graduate work in Visual Response. We had folks with 40 pin Amphenol connectors surgically implanted in their skulls.. The patterns were just crude moving shapes and lines, but these volunteers would camp out in the lobby waiting to be "hooked up".. When all you can see is something less than a pong game -- it's still pretty addictive.

    Problem is (and why it hasn't come very far in 25 years) is that EVERYONE has a different brain mapping for visual stimuli.. So during surgery, the patients have to respond to probing areas while the neuro guys try to get a Customized response pattern. Gonna be hard to actually IMAGE for the blind..
     
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    Being able "perceive light and even some shapes" is encouraging but you can hardly use the words "vision and restored".
     

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