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Artificial Vision.
Chip could help restore some vision to blind, but development is still in early stages.

April 2, 2004.

By Mike Magee,
Phone +44 208 248 2800.

JAPANESE NEWSPAPER the Nihon Keizai Shimbun today reports that scientists have made a chip breakthrough which could help some blind people partially see again.

The report says that boffins at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology have created chip which can be embedded under the retina.

It is aimed at people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, the report said, and the chip detects light and sends information to the brain.

Although the optical chip is in the early stages of development, simulations on computers show that some vision is likely to be recovered, although in monochrome.

2004 Breakthrough Publishing Ltd.

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