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You don’t even need to have eyes for this bionic eye to work

Brain implant is composed of 60 electrodes which sit on the visual cortex


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Experimental device is designed to provide artificial vision.

Small clinical trial includes 6 blind patients.

Orion looks like a pair of sunglasses with a small camera and video processing unit attached to it.

Camera captures a person’s surroundings, wireless VPU converts those images into electrical pulses.

Electrical pulses are transmitted to the electrodes on the brain and interpreted as visual clues.

Unlike other retinal implants, Orion doesn't require functioning cells present in the eyes to work.

Implant uses only one electrode array to stimulate the left side of the brain for safety.

Company wants to expand the number of implanted electrodes to between 150 and 200.

Patients who received such implants will need to be followed for years to make sure there are no complications.

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First product approved by FDA for artificial vision

Second Sight

Second Sight develops, manufactures and markets implantable visual prosthetics

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Public land-grant research university

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Vision (augmentation)