Wirelss bionic eye being developed at university

Australia’s Monash University is developing a new bionic eye that uses seminal wireless technology to communicate with a processor that sits inside the brain, allowing blind people to discern shapes through  a series of mapping dots when they put on a pair of sunglasses.

According the Herald Sun in Melbourne, an estimated 85% of the totally blind in Australia would be able to take advantage of this technology, which is at a prototype state.

The device will take photos from cameras mounted in the sunglasses and sent it via a wireless transmitter into the brain. 

The first trials are expected to be mid next year. Bluesky Design Group director Professor Mark Armstrong, who was also involved in designing the Nexus 5 Cochlear Implant for the deaf, said, “It is part of a long list of new technologies that will invade the body.