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11/29/2012

Prosthetic eye that lets a patient see braille

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    The new prosthetic eye will be able to send digital information directly to the nerve cells, allowing a blind patient to read Braille patterns without needing to touch the page.
    The prosthetic eye will feature a small, glasses-mounted camera, a portable processor and a microchip with electrodes implanted on the retina. The processor will translate the images collected by the camera to electrical signals, which will then be used to stimulate patterns on the nerve cells.
    With the addition of letter recognition software, the eye could be adapted to provide an alternative and potentially faster method of text reading for the visually impaired.
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