September 22, 2021

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How bionics could someday make you superhuman

“Death is nothing more than passing from one room to another. But there is a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I’ll be able to see. ‘ I Helen Keller

The bionic eye is a prosthetic device capable of restoring sight to those who have lost it.

Bionic eyes work by bypassing damaged cells in the retina with electronic sensors attached to glasses.

The artificial eye then transmits images to the brain through electrical impulses, creating patterns of light on its surface similar to natural human sight.

Bionic eyes are advancing rapidly

In January 2021, Israeli surgeons implanted the world’s first artificial cornea in a 78-year-old bilaterally blind man. When his bandages were removed, the patient could read and recognize family members immediately. The implant also naturally fuses with human tissue without the recipient’s body rejecting it.

With around 40 million people suffering from blindness worldwide and another 124 million people with vision problems, it’s not surprising that researchers are eager to find new ways to restore vision.

The goal of bionic eye scientists is to create equipment that works the same way as cochlear implants for hearing loss. However, there are several techniques employed by different researchers to achieve this. Also, when it comes to bionic eye technology, it’s still in its early stages compared to cochlear implants for hearing loss.

However, while many bionic eye implants are in development, only one is available in the United States and is only intended for people with certain eye diseases that cause blindness. However, as research advances, more and more people will benefit from high-tech bionic eyes.

Other bionic vision devices

Other Bionic devices currently being developed for future use include

  • cameras incorporated into contact lenses or eye implants
  • computerized glasses equipped with a microchip that can process images from a connected camera
  • robotic prosthesis connected to the nervous system
  • and implantable chips connected with electrodes

Bionic devices are often considered part of “biohacking” or cybernetics, which is seen as an art movement that blends technology with human biology in order to improve what it means to be a living being.

Bionic devices aren’t just for eyesight, they can also be used to replace ears or limbs. Bionics technology is still in its early stages of development; however, it has the potential to improve human life and function by greatly expanding what we know about physiology.

Wireless brain implants can bypass the eyes altogether

Image by aytuguluturk from Pixabay

Wireless brain implants are a relatively new technology used in the medical field to transmit data. It is connected with electrodes to the surface of the brain or parts of it and transmits data wirelessly to an external device.

A wireless brain implant can also be used for prosthetics, which means they are now able to send signals directly from the brain to the artificial limbs through this technology and may be able to bypass the eyes altogether.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink company is developing a suite of technologies designed to connect the human brain with computers.

Neuralink intends to create devices known as neural laces, which are pieces of brain tissue that are surgically implanted into the skull.

The ultimate hope is that these implants will be able to change our cognitive abilities, speed up our reaction times, and effectively end death.

Neuralink was founded in 2016 with the goal of creating implantable brain-computer interfaces for future brain-computer interfacing.

Bionic eye marks

Argo 2 is a wearable device that can be worn on the back of the head. The bionic eye allows you to see in color, which means it works much like natural vision.

The Orion visual cortical prosthesis system was developed by Second Sight Medical Products in 2019

The Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System is a bionic eye that can be used to help patients with bilateral blindness. Bilateral blindness occurs when both eyes are affected and cannot see anything.

The bionic eye can be surgically implanted in the brain and bypass damaged cells in the retina with electronic sensors attached to glasses.

The artificial eye then transmits images to the brain through electrical impulses, creating patterns of light on its surface similar to natural human sight.

It is also able to restore vision at least in part because the bionic eye works in a very similar way to natural vision, which means it can perceive color and has photoreceptors.

Pixium Vision company has developed bionic eye technology that is not only faster but also more accurate.

They are also developing bionic eyes for bilateral blindness. Bilateral blindness can be caused when both eyes are affected and cannot see anything.

Bionic Vision Australia company has the bionic eye which was launched in 2018. It is now providing bilateral bifocal bionic eyes for patients with bilateral blindness, which will allow them to see again. The bionic eye is made up of two parts; one component is a bionic retina and the other part is the bionic lens.

Bionic retinas are attached to glasses that transmit images directly to the brain via electrical impulses. The Bionic Lens component will alter what they see, allowing them to see objects that they are up close.

Bionic eyes also provide individuals with better depth perception and peripheral vision, without even needing glasses or contact lenses to do so.

SPV (Retina Implant AG) is a Bionic device company founded in Germany and has been developing Bionic devices for many years.

One of the Bionic devices they developed includes Retina Implant AG CRX Bionic eye, which is compatible with patients suffering from bilateral blindness.

The cost of bionic eye technology

Bionic eyes are expensive.

Bionic eyes are very expensive, with bionic eye surgery costing around $ 150,000 for one eye.

But with the improvement of technology and methods, the cost is slowly coming down and may even be covered by some insurance in the future.

Vision as a way of communicating in the future

Bionic eyes will greatly improve the way humans use vision as a way of communicating with each other.

They could allow people who have never seen an image before to learn complex concepts such as depth perception simply through their sense of touch on something that looks like skin rather than glass.

Bionics may someday allow us to see more colors or even microscopic images beyond our natural ability such as infrared night vision capabilities without any external equipment!

Bionics could also help people with color blindness better distinguish colors and provide people with the ability to see ultraviolet light.

Bionics could also allow us to travel through space more easily thanks to its enhanced abilities, which would allow humans to better explore space without being hindered by physical limitations.

Bionics technology could play a major role in helping humanity colonize other planets or even just give us a new perspective on life here on Earth!

Take away

Bionic eyes are truly something out of science fiction that came true faster than anyone expected.

They have so much potential to improve our lives and to open up entirely new possibilities never before possible.

Although they are still very expensive now, bionics will inevitably be integrated into everyday life sooner or later, where everyone can enjoy its benefits, whether it is to correct vision or give us the ability to see beyond our world and in the space.