It was tested in Australia; It combines a camera mounted on a pair of glasses with an embedded chip in the brain; will offer very low-resolution images
The Monash University in Australia, is implementing a project that will allow a blind person to see, even without a retina in operation, as it is a system that combines a camera on a telescope with an implanted chip in the cerebral cortex in the part that manages vision.
There are 11 small squares with 43 electrodes each; when they stimulated electrically, generating an impulse that the brain interprets as a point of light. Thus, the combination of this stimulus would serve to generate an image of 500 pixels of resolution: much lower than what can process a conventional human eye, but still allows a minimum of vision that until now was impossible.
The images receiving these chips will be taken by a camera mounted on spectacles and pre-processed in a computer to be kept by the user; glasses transmit the information wirelessly to the chip. It is, as he said Anthony Lowery, the researcher who commands the development, the magazine New Scientist, as a cartoonist, which simplifies an image to represent a minimum of information.
The first volunteer will test this bionic eye in Australia next year.