Last weeks news included mice playing an essential role in paving a course towards curing paralysis. This weeks MVP is sheep! You read that right– a group of Australian scientists at The University of Sydney implanted bionic eyes in a flock of sheep that resulted in incredibly sharp eyesight.
As part of a medical trial, these sheep spent three months with artificial bionic eyes. The primary function of this trial was to see if this bionic eye, named Phoenix 99, triggered any physical reactions in the sheep. Since the bionic eye was well tolerated, the team will use for approval to carry out medical trials on human beings next.
The Phoenix 99 is wirelessly linked to a little video camera connected to glasses. This camera captures the visual scene in front of the user, transforms them into electric signals and sends them to the brain where the signals are transformed into a vision of the scene.
Check out the released paper in Biomaterials and see the video below for more details on Phoenix 99 and this trial with sheep.
The bionic eye market is anticipated to be $426 million by 2028 and innovations like Phoenix 99 will certainly add to make bionic eyes more typical location and affordable in the future. Today, there are 2.2 billion people all over the world who have near or range visual disability.
Source: University of Sydney, Futurism, BBC