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Previously, DailyTech reported on Second Sight Vision's efforts to bring partial vision to the blind through wireless retinal implants. The company has a strong competitor, though. Researchers at Aachen University Clinic and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits in Germany are pursuing a similar line of research and have also been experiencing strong results.

The Institute's EPI-RET project has been running for 12 years and has sought to find ways to offer relief to the over 30 million people suffering from retinal diseases. In September 2007, during a clinical study with six patients, it was shown that the group's completely implantable vision prosthesis both was feasible and allowed patients to perceive visual images.

Dr. Hoc Khiem Trieu from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg comments, "For normally sighted people that may not seem much, but for the Blind, it is a major step. After years of blindness, the patients were able to see spots of light or geometric patterns, depending on how the nerve cells were stimulated."
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Win. This is awesome.
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Damn, I think I'm gonna need these someday... I've been having lots of problems with my eyes lately.

Although, wireless eyes would be cool...
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It would be nice if this worked for me and my left eye, but they cut off the blood supply to my eye when they did the brain surgery for my brain aneurysm, so my optic nerve is dead now in that eye.....
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From this point forward, replying to a News thread with a lolcat, failboat, or any other of these type irrelevant images will earn you a warning or infraction. This is getting ridiculous - two of the first three replies to this thread were lolcats.
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There was this thing I read awhile ago. These guys implanted some sort of thing into a blind guy's brain, which allowed him to see in a blurry unfocused black and white.
    
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Wow, I can only hope that one day this is common practice as I suffered an injury to my left eye some 20 years ago. The optic nerve was damaged as well as the eye, but just maybe....
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My grandfather has demacular degeneration (idk about the spelling) and he may eventually go blind so this is cool...
    
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Originally Posted by Mr_Torch View Post
It would be nice if this worked for me and my left eye, but they cut off the blood supply to my eye when they did the brain surgery for my brain aneurysm, so my optic nerve is dead now in that eye.....
sorry that happened to you

i hope they have something soon that can fix that
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Mr. Chip, what are lolcats or failboats?

sorry i went through rules and did not grasp this.
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My grandfather has demacular degeneration (idk about the spelling) and he may eventually go blind so this is cool...
Your grandfather may be more high tech then you some day.

This is really interesting stuff, the fields of biology and technology combined in a historic level of importance.
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