Bionic Eyes

But do they cost SIX MILLION DOLLARS?

Researchers in California have managed to implant and test the first viable artificial retinas for human patients. The devices are very crude at this point, and require a tiny camera mounded on a pair of glasses for input, but they do allow formerly blind people to see light and rudimentary motion. The implants will only help a percentage of blind patients (anyone with a damaged or missing optic nerve is still out of luck) but it is a start. Optimistic estimates have the devices available commercially within 3 years.

Of course, the infrared version that zooms in and has the cool little cross-hairs will be a couple of years further down the road.

Posted: Tue - May 3, 2005 at 10:35 PM