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.

Smaller & Cooler Night Vision Thanks To Graphene

Everyone knows that green hue of the night vision goggles, from TV or games you’ve seen them help police and search and rescue teams with spotting people from a distance or soldiers using them to gain that upper hand in the night. One thing you may have noticed though is that the night vision you see people wearing tends to be large devices and are often very heavy. The reason for this is quite simply because most night vision units require cryogenic cooling due to the heat the materials and electronics generate; that could soon change though with the use of graphene.

Graphene is a semi-conducting material, meaning it absorbs electric charges and its roughly 100 times stronger than steel. MIT researchers have built a new chip out of the material, designed to help keep night vision goggles cool and even minimize the size of the night vision goggles.

While able to pick up a hand and logo the next step they hope to achieve is to increase the resolution of the images, with its size enabling the devices to be inserted into devices as small as smartphones they want to make sure that the technology is of a high enough quality to be used in everyday systems. One of the suggested uses is in your windscreens, meaning that your screen could display night vision in real time, reducing all those lights that block your eyes while your driving.

Automated Gun Turret Can Decide When To Shoot

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long been seen as the answer to many of life’s evolutions, but the question of injecting an autonomous brain into an unknown being has yet to be fully achieved. But this vision could be one step closer to becoming reality, with the development of a gun turret which has the ability to track targets without the need for human interaction.

The weaponry in question has been developed in the city of Daejeon, South Korea by an arms manufacturer who has designed and built a gun turret that’s able to identify, track and shoot targets, theoretically without the need for human mediation. Below is an image which conveys this piece of kit, it packs 50 calibre bullets which is enough fire power to incapacitate a truck The Robot gun has a range of some 4 kilometres which to put into perspective is over 2 miles. it looks like an angry K9.

The gun turret is already being implemented in numerous locations in the Middle East, including three airbases in the United Arab Emirates (Al Dhafra, Al Safran and Al Minad)

While impressive, this technical combat gun raises questions regarding the future, if you fully automate a gun which is able to theoretically decide to shoot someone, you would certainly need a radical re think of the programming behind such decision. The ability to provide refined ethics in a situation is unique to the development over millions of years of the human brain.

Look at it this way, if a child was spotted by the robot walking towards say a group of people while holding a replica gun which in fact is a toy. Will said machine be able to correctly inform itself and hold fire? Or will it compare a toy gun to that if an actual firearm before opening fire. As a gun turret cannot arrest someone, owning to the fact of no arms or legs, will it just shoot everytime it senses danger?

Until AI can fully comprehend all emotions correctly within the laws which govern life’s decisions, I would be extremely wary of automating a gun which can decide who to shoot.

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Watch: Blind Man Uses Bionic Eye to See Again

Allen Zderared lost his sight more than 10 years ago, but thanks to new technology that has led to the development of a ‘bionic eye’, he can now ‘see’ again. The Guardian captured the moment he saw his wife for the first time in a decade – an incredible moment that only technology could make possible.

The technology in question allows Zderared to “see shapes and human forms” – something that many of us would consider limited, but incredible for a man who has seen nothing for so long.

Be sure to watch the video below, it really is quite a moving moment.

Source: The Guardian