Saturday, February 1, 2014

Braille-Like CLs for the Blind

"Engineering researchers at Israel’s Bar Ilan University are developing a contact lens for the blind. These special lenses translates images into sensations felt on the eye," reports "Headed by Professor Zeev Zalevsky, the project has already seen positive results in it’s initial trials and is planning on continuing forward with testing. The system is a fairly complex one. First, the image of an object is taken with a smartphone or camera and is then processed and sent to the contact lens. The lens is custom made, fitted with a series of electrodes that use small electric impulses to mechanically relay shapes onto the cornea, almost like braille. After some practice, test subjects were able to identify specific objects." Read more.

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