New Bionic Lens Could Give You Three Times 20/20 Vision

A bionic lens, developed by a Canadian optometrist, could give any seeing person vision that it three times better than 20/20. Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia, has developed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a permanent implant that can give super-vision to anyone over the age of 25, “no matter how crummy your eyes are,” he says.

“This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before,” Dr. Webb told CBC News.

The Ocumetics Bionic Lens is surgically implanted – in a procedure that takes around 8 minutes – and its effects are immediate. Due to the way eyes grow and form, the procedure is only suitable for those above 25 years-of-age. Because it essentially replaces the eye’s natural lens, it also prevents the formation of cataracts.

“If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” Dr. Webb explained.

His whole life, Dr. Webb has been driven to make glasses and contact lenses redundant, and puts that mission down to his childhood experience. He was given glasses in the second grade, a look which didn’t jive with that of his idols.

“My heroes were cowboys, and cowboys just did not wear glasses,” Dr. Webb said. “At age 45 I had to struggle with reading glasses, which like most people, I found was a great insult. To this day I curse my progressive glasses. I also wear contact lenses, which I also curse just about every day.”

Following animal and human trials, Dr. Webb hopes that the Ocumetics Bionic Lens will be available to Canadian patients within 2 years.

“Perfect eyesight should be a human right,” he said.

Mind-Reading Cap Helps Patients Control Their Prosthetic Limbs with Their Thoughts

While the ability of controlling prosthetics with your mind has been around for some time now, it required controlled electronics to be implanted directly in the patient in order to get them to work properly.

The University of Houston however found a way to use a non-intrusive approach to solve this problem by using an EEG that monitors brain activity externally through the scalp. Then, a brain-machine interface, or BMI for short, interprets the brain waves and converts the patient’s intentions into mechanical motion.

For example, if a patient thinks of picking up an object, the BMI will give the same command to the prosthetic and makes it pick up the object in question. The University of Houston has even had an 80% success rate with this project up until now. The findings are said to have been published on the Frontiers in Neuroscience, having the team of researchers be the first to get a multi-fingered prosthetic work this well with an EEG/BMI interface.

The team of researchers hope that their findings will avoid the trap of having controllers surgically implanted in patients, where the body may either reject or even form infections due to the implants. Also, the information gathered from the project at hand could even give us a higher understanding of how our brain communicates with our own limbs.

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Scientists Want to Help Power Your Phone by Talking to It

A group of scientists from the university of Sungkyunkwan in South Korea have apparently developed a new technology which converts sound waves into electrical energy. With this concept, smartphones will be able to charge from any sound source, from talking to music and even highway traffic noise.

“The sound that always exists in our everyday life and environments has been overlooked as a source. This motivated us to realise power generation by turning sound energy from speech, music or noise into electrical power.” Dr. Sang-Woo Kim, a researcher involved in the project, stated.

The current outcome involves a prototype that converts around 100 decibels to 50 millivolts of electricity. This is done with a pad which absorbs sound waves and causes zinc oxide wires mounted between electrodes to compress and release, creating an electrical current that can be used to charge a battery.

While the generated electricity so far isn’t enough to power a whole phone, Dr. Kim stated that different materials can be used in the future to get better results. The current prototype however can already be beneficial for small, low-power sensors and implantable devices.

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University of Michigan Health System Develops First Bionic Eye

I think some of you out there might have wanted to know how will it be to have bionic a bionic eye. Sure, infra-red vision, optical zoom and object analysis might be a day dream for some, but apparently the tech is starting to move from the land of fiction to the land of reality.

The first step appears to come from surgeons at University of Michigan Health System, achieving the first step in developing a customized DNA chip. It is known as a ‘microarray’, helping to diagnose eye disorders, while having successful performed first ever surgery which involves implanting artificial retinas into the eyes of patients who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, which happens to be a degenerative eye disease that will eventually lead to blindness if nothing is done.


The bionic eye itself was developed by by California-based Second Sight Medical Products, including professors Thiran Jayasundera and David N. Zacks, who are ophthalmologists at the University’s Kellogg Eye Center. And things are looking up for the project as well, since it already received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2013, giving a green light for implants to be performed using it.

This might not be the most amazing bionic eye with a lot of features, making you a bionic terminator, but it still is a major evolutionary device that should be strongly considered for the future (and upgrades).

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Freescale Semiconductor Creates Insanely Tiny ARM Chip as Implant


Chipmaker; Freescale Semiconductor wanted to make a chip that can be implanted into a human body, and by doing so they’ve created the world’s smallest ARM-powered chip model; the Kinetis KL02.

The KL02 is as small as 1.9 x 2mm. Despite the insanely tiny footprint, the fully loaded multi-controller unit has a processor, RAM , ROM, Clock and I/O controller. It uses 32k flash storage, 4K memory, a 32bit processor, a 12-bit analog to digital converter and a low power Universal Asynchronous receiver/transceiver in a single die shrink, which allows devices to be made tiny enough that one can use it as swallow-able computers. Freescale said that they’ve been working with customers and partners to make this happen, but they can’t say anything further as the product is not announced officially.

In all honesty, devices as tiny as this can not only help doctors and even surgeons to understand their patients but users can also use it to keep a track on their health. If this is perfected as swallow-able computers, the possibility of it are endless.

As of now, Freescale is working with health and wellness clients such as Fitbit and the Omipod insulin pump which uses the company’s chips. The KL02 as of now is meant to be used with stuff like Nike+ where it can be used to wirelessly report your steps.

Steve Tateosian, Freescale’s Global manager, said,”We come across hundreds of micro-controllers embedded in the devices we use throughout the day. For example, you may come across them when your alarm wakes you up, you brush your teeth, make your coffee, unlock your car door, open your garage, put down the car window, pay the parking meter, tell the time on your watch, measure your heart rate, distance, and pace. While running you may listen to your music player with several controllers inside, including in the ear buds themselves.”

The multi-controller is available for retail but the KL02 is specifically designed only in response to a customer’s request.

Source: Wired