from Singularity Hub:
Argus seeks to create an epiretinal prosthesis, a device that will take the image from a camera and send it to your brain via your optic nerve.
The first two phases of Argus (which we call Argus I and Argus II) have had extraordinary success with implants in more than 30 patients.
Now, LLNL is getting ready to launch Argus III – the third phase that will expand the number of patients, the quality of vision provided, and ease in which the device is implanted.
A chip inside the eye that can help blind people see again is moving closer to reality as researchers at MIT work on a retinal implant that can bypass damaged cells and directly offer visual input to the brain.
Patients who receive the implant will wear a pair of glasses that has a tiny camera attached to it. The camera will send images to a microchip implanted in the eyeball that channels the input to the brain.
Fascinating. Designed by Lynne Bruning, “Bats Have Feelings Too” is a fashionable haptic coat for the blind, or, in her term, “a wearable cane.”
Also see: ‘Haptics’ display sought to bring graphics to the blind
For the National Science Foundation funded haptic-display project, West wants to turn this concept around, by sending signals to an electro-active polymer that responds with motion on its surface. The researchers hope their efforts will result in a display of graphical patterns for the blind to feel with their hands.