Thursday, December 4, 2008
Bionic Eyes and Restoring Vision
A lot of people ask me if I am going to restore vision with my Bionic Eye. The answer is no, not right now but maybe later.
I am not restoring vision, I'm just modifying my prosthetic eye into a video camera with the same capabilities as a modern cell phone. I can stream the footage, save it to a hard-drive, or put it in my documentary film called Eye 4 an Eye.
Having one eye is almost as good as having two. Its not really that different except my squash game is a little off and you really have to check your blind spot carefully when you are changing lanes in traffic. I don't really need to restore any vision in my right eye....socket.
Here is a woman who lost vision completely and is getting sight restored. Its only rudimentary but its getting there.
Linda Moorfoot explains what its like:
"When I go to the grandkids' hockey game or soccer game I can see which direction the game is moving in. I can shoot baskets with my grandson, and I can see my granddaughter dancing across the stage. It's wonderful."
Check out an article about Linda and HER bionic eye here.
She uses a camera that is mounted to glasses. For many people who are blind, they have lost their eyes and need prosthetics for aeshetic reasons. What Steve Mann and I are working on could have applications for these people. And stay tuned for how Steve will help me watch 3D movies again with his cross eye-tap technology.