The Bionic Eye
Putting the human touch on a revolutionary bionic eye.
“It will enable someone who is completely blind to see edges of tables and footpath in a coarse, dot-type matrix, enough to give them mobility and connect them to their loved ones.” – Professor Mark Armstrong
MADA have designed what Prof Armstrong describes as the “body-worn components” of MVG’s Gennaris bionic vision system, making them wearable, comfortable and lightweight. Whilst the majority of bionic eye researchers in Australia and overseas are developing retinal prostheses, MVG’s Gennaris sends signals wirelessly from a pair of glasses to a device implanted in the visual cortex of the brain, hence bypassing damage to the retina and optic nerve. Users will wear glasses containing a camera that captures live footage; this is distilled into a signal that is wirelessly transmitted to the implant. The signals will allow users to see outlines of objects, floors and walls via a matrix of up to 473 dots. It is hoped up to 85 per cent of people with currently incurable blindness could achieve useful vision from Gennaris.
The ARC Research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology Initiative.