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World's first permanent 'bionic' eyes

By T.K. Randall
December 21, 2010 · Comment icon 11 comments

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For the first time bionic eye implants will become available to patients on a permanent basis.
The revolutionary microchip can be implanted in to the eye to help blind people see, up until now it has only been available on a short-term basis but thanks to the development of a new safer coating it will soon be possible to use it indefinately.
The chip was taken out after three months but medics at King's College in London plan to implant them for life, after scientists developed a new coating which is safer for permanent use. The hospital will begin testing the tiny microchip in March and is one of two British centres now recruiting people to trial the device hailed as 'quite astonishing' by experts.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by Wearer of Hats 14 years ago
I for one welcome our new cyborg overlords.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Twinkle Arora is back 14 years ago
Thats super achievement! I am just waiting for the X-Ray addon
Comment icon #4 Posted by S I N 14 years ago
So when can I get one?
Comment icon #5 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 14 years ago
I'd like to see a still shot of the images it creates. I mean, if they can build a chip that can create an image for the human brain surely it wouldn't take much (in comparison) to translate the information to a display panel eh? Would be interesting to see what kind of detail and color it generates.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paracelse 14 years ago
I'd like to see a still shot of the images it creates. I mean, if they can build a chip that can create an image for the human brain surely it wouldn't take much (in comparison) to translate the information to a display panel eh? Would be interesting to see what kind of detail and color it generates. The SD card in my camera transfers the picture to my laptop as soon as their are near each others and both turned on.
Comment icon #7 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
I for one welcome our new cyborg overlords. *queue Terminator theme song* *In obvious Austrian accent* "Sarah Connor?"
Comment icon #8 Posted by Robert1 14 years ago
I think it's a really cool idea.
Comment icon #9 Posted by electro13 14 years ago
Awesome potential here. But if through science man can create body parts that are better than normal ones, we could all book in for a complete overhaul - new eyes, new ears, arms, legs, heart. They,ve created a prosthetic arm with feeling so...we'll see.
Comment icon #10 Posted by VampireHeart 14 years ago
What a wonderful invention.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 13 years ago
The SD card in my camera transfers the picture to my laptop as soon as their are near each others and both turned on. By "The SD card in my camera" you mean the Bluetooth PCB in your camera right? You can't fit a Bluetooth chip in behind a human eye.


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