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Artificial vision scientist passes away.

November 01, 2004.
Associated Press.

Doctor William Dobelle, a scientist who was responsible for an experimental system of artificial vision for the blind, has died at age 62.

The Pittsfield native led several scientific teams around the world who sought to develop technology for a system enabling artificial vision. Dobelle's system uses a miniature camera attached to glasses worn by a blind person. The camera's images are relayed to a portable computer, then to electrodes fixed to the brain.

Dobelle died in New York last month of complications from diabetes.

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.

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