A team of scientists from the United States and Hong Kong has developed a “bionic eye” that mimics the human eye in shape and function,media BGR reported. The new “bionic eye” prototype could one day be used to restore the vision of the blind by mimicking the “light sensor” in the human eye. The team calls it the “biobionic eye”, a combination of modern technology and natural design. It consists of a hemispherical artificial retina and a series of sensors that capture and rebroadcast real-time images.
Over the years, scientists and doctors have come up with ways to replace some important parts of the body with artificial means that it can improve people’s quality of life and even save a person’s life. However, the eyes are quite special, and the way they communicate with the brain means that designing a bionic eye is not that simple. Connecting devices to the human brain is a huge obstacle.
The biggest challenge researchers have overcome is to cram the technology into a globular that could be used as an implant. So far, they haven’t actually tested the device on live organisms, but this is only in the near future. Researchers have begun experimenting with animals and humans, the Daily Mail reported. However, much remains to be done, and scientists were quick to point out that the current equipment is just the beginning that may emerge in a few years.
In its current state, the ability of the eyes to render images is not the greatest. It produces low-resolution images, but more complex images require higher sensor density. But researchers say that as technology evolves, the density of sensors and the resolution of the resulting images may actually beat the real human eye.
Scientists point out that this “bionic eye” can also be used in artificial intelligence and robotics.