Bionic eyes let blind man sort socks

A man fitted with bionic eyes can see light for the first time in 30 years. From the BBC:

Ron, 73, had the experimental surgery seven months ago at London’s Moorfield’s eye hospital.

He says he can now follow white lines on the road, and even sort socks, using the bionic eye, known as Argus II.

It uses a camera and video processor mounted on sunglasses to send captured images wirelessly to a tiny receiver on the outside of the eye.

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11 Responses to Bionic eyes let blind man sort socks

  1. Metostopholes says:

    Did he lose his real ones in the robot wars?

    (sorry)

  2. Rob Beschizza says:

    Nah. Stone burner in the Falklands.

  3. monstrinho_do_biscoito says:

    i for one, welcome our new cyborg overlords.

    /tho i’m a bit a bit disappointed that the eye doesn’t look more borg-like

  4. Trilby says:

    One step closer to a steampunk mech-eye a la Garrett.

  5. strider_mt2k says:

    A boon to injured laundry workers everywhere…

  6. Chrs says:

    Ah, #10! You beat me to it! Still, I figure dropping the link to the Reuters article is worth it.

  7. jaruzek says:

    Pfft, sunglasses. Let me know when I can get a visor.

  8. JArmstrong says:

    G’yaah!
    I just wreckermended this (other topically related) link to BB: http://vimeo.com/3481857?pg=embed&sec=

    From site:
    “Take a one eyed film maker, an unemployed engineer, and a vision for something that’s never been done before and you have yourself the EyeBorg Project.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ehh, reposting an advert as news? As the advert says, this has been done for a fair few people, and it just happens that the BBC are about to show a documentary about him.

  10. AirPillo says:

    I saw this tech on Scientific American Frontiers years ago.

    What’s the resolution of the image he sees? Back then it was basically like translating the world into an on/off array of 16×16 white LEDs due to the low fidelity of the brain implant connection.

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