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Need A New Retina? Look No Further

simoniker posted more than 9 years ago | from the g'kar-deluxe-model dept.

Biotech 310

wap writes "Restoring sight to the blind is a Bibical miracle, a sign of divine powers. Now it is being tested at the Boston Retinal Implant Project, with some very limited success, according to Technology Review. They only have fifteen electrodes implanted, but it's a start. Great quotes: 'The eye doesn't like stuff inside it, that's why it doesn't have a zipper.' Will artificial eyes and retinal replacements someday be as good as good human eyes?"

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310 comments

Where is everybody (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010737)

I've been reloading for over a minute looking for first posts to mod down. No one there.

As good??? (5, Insightful)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010741)

Heh, they will be 100 times better.
Extended spectrum, nightvision, antiblinder, zoom, the possiblities are unlimited!

Re:As good??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010752)

Don't forget about smartgun aiming cross!

Re:As good??? (5, Funny)

catwh0re (540371) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010754)

I'm imaginging bad webcam quality eyes. Then people quoting back and forth, "oh you got crap logitech eyes, you should have bought iSight eyes"....

5 months later it'll be deemed that our eye sight can be tapped under the PATRIOT act and similar.

Re:As good??? (1)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010788)

The problem is if someone patents the software that drives they eyes. It might make it difficult to run linux on your eyeballs for example.

Nick

Re:As good??? (5, Interesting)

cs02rm0 (654673) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010823)

Aren't people using retinas for developing biometric identification? I wonder what the consequences of this would be ...DoS a system with a bunch of people with the same retinal scans?

I know with the iris they can measure the amount it constantly expands and contracts by to verify it's not a contact lens or similar. I presume though when they reach the stage of replacing the whole eye they'd be able to even fake that.

Re:As good??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010849)

Zeiss Ikon or nothing, baby.

Re:As good??? (1)

Steve Franklin (142698) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010966)

The Italian sci-fi movie "Nirvana" has some nice special effects of a guy with cheapo eye replacements. His goal in life is to get a pair of color "Zonys," which I imagine they substituted for trademark reasons. Some funny bits too--when they steal a truck it threatens to blow itself up if they don't give it back. Overall, kind of a bad version of Oshii's Avalon in Italian.

Re:As good??? (4, Insightful)

dmayle (200765) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010917)

5 months later it'll be deemed that our eye sight can be tapped under the PATRIOT act and similar.

printf("%s",szDeity) that should have been modded insightful. It actually makes me think of Minority Report, and how it's illegal not to have your own eyeballs. This sort of stuff will happen if we let it...

buying iSight eyes (1)

No Such Agency (136681) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010958)

I believe that the top-quality ones are Zeiss-Ikon.
/cyberpunk nerd

Re:As good??? (1)

hotbutteredhtml (613549) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010983)

Yeah. Next thing you know, we'll start seeing popups for X10 Eyes!

Need A New Retina? Look No Further (3, Funny)

caronc (601582) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010989)

Of course I won't... I need a new retina!!

How could you forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010755)

see-through-clothes eyes? People will pay a lot for those.

You mean DIGITAL zoom (5, Insightful)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010780)

999X DIGITAL ZOOM! Actually creates data out of nothing WHILE YOU ARE ZOOMING! Who needs those fancy optics and lenses and whotnot?! DIGITAL is part of the WORLD OF TOMORROW!

Seriously, though, without an extra lens how could it be anything but 'digital zoom' (i.e. 'magnification')?

On the other hand, most people nowadays appear to be dumb enough to buy anything so long as it is digital or contains the prefix i- or e-, so maybe we can just market these as "eYes : now with DIGITAL zoom."

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010827)

There seems to be a segment of the marketplace that loves the word "digital" thinking it must mean "better technology" which is true most of the time, but there are some things that are just meant to be done in analog sound amplification and image magnification being two of the biggest examples.

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010965)

There seems to be a segment of the marketplace that loves the word "digital" thinking it must mean "better technology" which is true most of the time, but there are some things that are just meant to be done in analog sound amplification and image magnification being two of the biggest examples.

Ugh, you simply replace on type of ignorance with another type of ignorance.

There is nothing about any process that is meant for "analog". The world is in fact inherently digital. For example, there is a quantization constraint on transistor and tube amplifiers defined by the noise floor and the finiteness of photons and energy quanta. There is a limit on photographic paper due to the molecules of the film and paper. There is a sound theory behind all digital processes called information theory. With sufficient sampling and quantization, all analog processes can be done digitally with no information loss.

Sampling recovers ALL spectral information within a known finite amount (f/2). Quantization is "lossy", but if the SNR of your digitization is larger than the limit of your source (and all physical processes in the universe have a finite SNR) then there is effectively no loss at all.

You need to hit the books lest you continue to sound like an idiot. If you're a lifer of rec.audio.pro, then my apologies, you can't be helped.

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (2, Insightful)

dmayle (200765) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010841)

without an extra lens how could it be anything but 'digital zoom'

Easy, a higher resolution sensor. I'f you're looking at 1280x960 picture at 640x480 (50%), and you suddenly DIGITAL ZOOM to 1280x960, you didn't need a lense, and you weren't manufacturing new information. No one is saying that this will be ready next year, but in 50 year's time, it will definitely be possible.

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010868)

But would the brain be able to make sense of the images you create that way? Part of the nerve bundle would go dark as you zoom in, would the brain be able to fill in the blanks?

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (1)

Eric604 (798298) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010938)

Assume the brain alwasy recieves 640x480. When zooming out to 1280x960, the image will be scaled down to 640x480 before sending it to the brain (removing pixels instead of making them up by interpolation).

Missing Zoom function (4, Funny)

waynemcdougall (631415) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010844)

Lister: Any problems?
Kryten: Well, just one or two. In fact I've compiled a little list if you'll indulge me. Now then, uh, my optical system doesn't appear to have a zoom function.
Lister: No, human eyes don't have a zoom.
Kryten: Well then, how do you bring a small object into sharp focus?
Lister: Well, you just move your head closer to the object.
Kryten: I see. Move your head ... closer, hmm, to the object. All right, okay. Well, what about other optical effects, like split screen, slow motion, Quantel(tm)?
Lister: No. We don't have them.
Kryten: You don't have them -- just the zoom? Hmm. Well, no, that's fine, that's great, no, no, that's really great, that's great.

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (1)

Eric604 (798298) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010901)

That is true for now. It's just a matter of time until resolution of CCDs are 100 fold of what they are now without reducing quality per pixel.

Re:You mean DIGITAL zoom (1)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010922)

as a remainder - we had eye transplant [slashdot.org] , which was not exactly eye, but the cornea was transplanted.

nonetheless whole discussion there is actually interesting, and the subject is related.

Re:As good??? (3, Insightful)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010793)

For some values of 'better'. Sure, you can add cool features to the eye, but it'll be a while before you can improve on the original function of the eye: CCD technology has a long way to go before it even comes close to the picture quality (resolution, dynamic range, absence of noise and artefacts) of the human eye.

Re:As good??? (1)

fatgeekuk (730791) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010812)

Quantel paintbox, mozaic, overlays (custom wallpapers, clock display, stock market ticker (for those who care))

the ultimate (secure) display system for on the move computing...

Re:As good??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010882)

You forgot the ability to play videos directly on them. Take that plus some improvements in image processing and you no longer need to "imagine" how the girl in front of you would look naked :)

Re:As good??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010956)

Take that plus some improvements in image processing and you no longer need to "imagine" how the girl in front of you would look naked

When you have seen a few, you can pretty much guess it.

Re:As good??? (1)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010895)

Crosshairs? we could all go around pretending to be a universal soldier

Re:As good??? (1)

mkosmul (673296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010925)

I guess this sort of addons is usually considered cheating. You might get banned from all servers for that (and even worse - still get fragged by someone with a better model).

Human Augmentation (5, Interesting)

Devar (312672) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010743)

I'd love to keep one eye, probably my 'good' eye, after testing to see which is the best, and modify the other to give retinal overlay data. You could look at an object and it would draw an overlay and data on it. Also, the ability to turn this overlay on or off! How about zoom, or freeze frame capabilites all without having your eyes look any different than they would naturally.
I know it's a long way off, but that kind of visual enhancement would be awesome. And expensive. And I want it. :)

Re:Human Augmentation (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010787)

In the shorter run, there's MicroVision, but they sure haven't done much in the last ten years.

Example of overlay data (4, Funny)

zonix (592337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010863)

1) Serve the public trust
2) Protect the innocent
3) Uphold the law
4) Secret

z

Re:Human Augmentation (3, Informative)

vofka (572268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010972)

Why replace your real eye to do this if it is perfectly healthy? Take a look at EyeTap [eyetap.org] . This research, mainly by Professor Steve Mann [toronto.edu] at the University of Toronto has the potential to do everything you describe, and much more besides!

FLABBBLALBBL (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010744)

Ah Chew, if you could only see what I've seen with your eyes

Re:FLABBBLALBBL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010813)

A Blade Runner quote modded offtopic on Slashdot? You look down and you see a tortoise crawling towards you.

Re:FLABBBLALBBL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010839)

A Blade Runner quote modded offtopic on Slashdot?
Unbelievable.

Re:FLABBBLALBBL (1)

nwbvt (768631) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010978)

That mod is on my shit list.

You people have spent to much time watching Star Wars prequels, you have forgotten what real science fiction is like.

great when can i have an upgrade (-1, Redundant)

InfoHighwayRoadkill (454730) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010745)

Not just 20/20 I want infrared, UV and X-ray please

anyone here a possible retina donor? (-1, Offtopic)

drmancini (712059) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010748)

all your retinas are belong to us!!

Re:anyone here a possible retina donor? (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010846)

Almost everyone's a potential retina donor - you just have to remember to fight down the urge to go for the headshot...

Outstanding (0)

aelbric (145391) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010750)

I really believe that given enough time, humankind will conquer disease and disability completely. We may begin to look like the cybernetic beings of science fiction to some extent, but I think there is nothing beyond the scope of human accomplishment if we could just focus on things that are really important.

Thank god for dedicated people like this.

Re:Outstanding (1)

TheRealStaunch (781450) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010818)

We are Borg. Resistance is futile.

Re:Outstanding (0, Troll)

erroneus (253617) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010829)

The Good news: ...even now there are some cures and/or treatments for horrible diseases!

The Bad news: ...the people who own them won't sell'm, develop'm, license'm or give'm away because there's not enough money in it.

It's a selfish and capitalist world out there still. My view on people, at least here in the U.S., is still tainted by the ridiculous and unjustifiable price gouging after the 9-11 attacks.

There just aren't enough people out there who are willing to do it for the good of mankind and there are PLENTY of people to stop the ones who will for the good of their own pockets.

Re:Outstanding (-1, Offtopic)

marafa (745042) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010865)

oh yeah ..thats why after 40 years or so of cancer research we still cant beat it.
nor AIDS for that matter.

in any case, supposing your hypothesis is true. that would mean the only way humans woudl then concentrate on the art of war and torture, since then they would be bored with normal life.

so come along folks, line up for judgement day.

Re:Outstanding (1, Funny)

n0rr1s (768407) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010920)

I think there is nothing beyond the scope of human accomplishment if we could just focus on things that are really important.

Unfortunately, using this eye, nobody can focus on anything.

Re:Outstanding (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010991)

I really believe that given enough time, humankind will conquer disease and disability completely.

Given the history of mankind, stupidity will surely prevail. We just happen to be riding a crest of civilization (yes, even with all the problems). Another dark ages will occur within the next 500 years and for many things it will be back to square one. Remember that as our abilities for progress have increased, so have our abilities to destroy ourselves in great numbers. The magnitude of the fall of the current civilization will be much greater than that of the Roman Empire or the Mongols. If humanity is lucky, it will be proportionate to other such declines and humanity will take two steps back and rebuild over time. Although I don't think the end is near, my studying of history leaves me with the view that the challenges to humanity grow faster than the progress of humanity.

More info (4, Informative)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010756)

Some info about the various types of bionic eyes currently being built can be found on Wired. [wired.com]

Brain implant [dobelle.com] anyone?

Where's Captain Cyborg? (4, Funny)

leeroybrown (624767) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010758)

15 electrodes implanted in someone's boday and not a sign of Kevin Warwick. Perhaps we'll get some actual research with scientific basis for a change.

Re:Where's Captain Cyborg? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010848)

What the hell is a Boday? Honestly, I'm amazed that people here can't spell 4 letter words (it's not even a typo, the keys aren't even near eachother!).

Re:Where's Captain Cyborg? (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010854)

"What the hell is a Boday?" A Bloody 0-day?

High-res (1, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010763)

They only have fifteen electrodes implanted, but it's a start...

Looks like it's nice and high-res so far. Just remember, when you're walking down the street and pick up a square-thingy, just remember how to get the freakin' duck away from you! [warrenrobinett.com]

I must be a Luddite... (4, Interesting)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010765)

But I simply cannot imagine having any of this kind of enhancement: ever. I might consider it if say it was to restore something I'd lost completely (like my sight) but as an enhancement? No I don't think so. But then perhaps I'm a luddite: I haven't seriously considered laser eye surgery, partly because it's risky (however small) but mostly because my current eyeballs + glasses work just fine.

And as a humorous aside: how long do you think it would be before scumware companies worked out how to spam you new implants? "I ploughed into that part of school children because I was distracted by the advert for cheap viagra my retinaly implants I had just received".

Re:I must be a Luddite... (1)

notthepainter (759494) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010790)

I've avoided laser eye surgery ever since a friend of mine was at a bar drawng a diagram on a napkin. You see, he was mapping out the blurry spots so he could go back in for a bit of "touch up surgery" the next day.

When he went back in, the surgeon reccomended that he wait until the software update was installed for the laser.

Now if that doesn't make you squeamish...

On the other hand, have a backup plan, like implants in case of laser failure, makes laser surgery more palatable.

And yes, I know laser surgery is safe, but these are my eyes, I don't treat them lightly.

Re:I must be a Luddite... (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010872)

"And yes, I know laser surgery is safe"
Unless you actually like your night vision...
I know a couple of people who've had laser eye surgery and they both say that since the surgery their night vision has been shot to hell.
But it beats the hell out of what came before - the previous system was basically a milling machine that sliced out pieces with a spinning razor disc. Niiice.

Re:I must be a Luddite... (1)

ifwm (687373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010941)

Not trying to start something, but why would laser surgery have any effect on night vision? It just corrects flaws in the lenses, which should make all types of vision better. Anyone? I'm considering it, that's why I'm interested.

Of course it's possible your friends just think their night vision is worse.

Re:I must be a Luddite... (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010816)

Exactly. I'd be a lot more comfortable with those 'enhancements' safely tucked away in my glasses than in my eyeballs.
Then again, seeing the number of people willing to poke holes in themselves and stick metal objects through them purely for 'decoration', I fear I'm in the minority on this one.

Re:I must be a Luddite... (1)

KageMonkey (740043) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010834)

True, but these enhancements might be useful for people working as Intelligence Officers, Firefighters, etc. Although it might sound like science fiction, but in the future, criminals are going to be bio-enhanced, and the regular cop won't be able to catch these criminals unless they have implant technologies themselves.

SciFi becoming reality (1)

Pascho (806554) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010767)

Maybe this is how the next "Riddick" will have his eyes. Full abilities. Then there wouldn't be an excuse to wear the cool goggles/glasses all the time. Scratch that idea.

Gives a whole new meaning to... (4, Funny)

mrjb (547783) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010772)

"I can't see a thing without my glasses!"

Minority Report and the Future (5, Insightful)

KageMonkey (740043) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010776)

Will artificial eyes and retinal replacements someday be as good as good human eyes?

Reminds me of the scene where Tom Cruise went to get his eyes replaced in the Minority Report. Nevertheless, the question that "will be as good as someday?" is somewhat pointless, because we all know that as technology advances, will ALWAYS be as good as in the future. Unless we blow ourselves up, I am certain that we will have eye implants that gives humans super-vision, as well as being able to see-through walls, amongst other goodies. The better quesion is, how long will it take for technology to get there.

Re:Minority Report and the Future (2)

KageMonkey (740043) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010786)

Sorry, forgot that the arrows were used as tags. This time, I will use the Preview button. Here is the corrected version:

Reminds me of the scene where Tom Cruise went to get his eyes replaced in the Minority Report. Nevertheless, the question that "will [something] be as good as [something else] someday?" is somewhat pointless, because we all know that as technology advances, [something] will ALWAYS be as good as [the original human organ] in the future. Unless we blow ourselves up, I am certain that we will have eye implants that gives humans super-vision, as well as being able to see-through walls, amongst other goodies. The better quesion is, how long will it take for technology to get there.

Re:Minority Report and the Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010808)

"will [something] be as good as [something else] someday?" is somewhat pointless. The better quesion is, how long will it take for technology to get there. There is one exception to this rule. [Windows and IE] will never be as good as [everything else].

Re:Minority Report and the Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010911)

even better would be "have we annihilated ourselves before that?"

Re:Minority Report and the Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010800)

The better quesion is, how long will it take for technology to get there.

nVidia's EyeForce FX can process over 30 terapixels of data per cycle! Experience real-to-live cineFX vision with your EyeForce implant. Featuring 12 blood vessel pipelines, and fully directX 10 compliant. nVidia: the way it's meant to be seen.

I don't see what the big deal is... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010782)

Really, I don't. =)

When will they learn? (1)

Yeechang Lee (3429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010796)

When will scientists learn that it's foolish to perform surgery on the eye [snpp.com] ?
Bart: [rings bell] Flanders is a soft touch. He'll give us the
money for sure.
[Ned answers the door. He's wearing dark glasses and
carrying a cane]
Ned: Jesus? Is that you?
Ralph: Mr. Flanders, you're blinded-ded!
Ned: Oh, yeah. I never should have had that trendy laser
surgery. It was great at first but, you know, at the ten-
year mark your eyes fall out.

Re:When will they learn? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010830)

Lisa: Dad, you shouldn't wear glasses that weren't prescribed for you.
Homer: Lisa, just because you're ten feet tall doesn't mean you can tell me what to do.

Sony NightShot + Artificial Eye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010801)

I can see it now... "Holy shades of X-Ray Vision, Batman!"

Can I get these in "Beer Goggles" mode? (2, Funny)

HBI (604924) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010803)

Being able to look at ugly chicks as if they were beautiful would be a gift beyond price.

it already exists (3, Insightful)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010873)

It's called respect, and you don't need any glasses for that.

Re:it already exists (2)

ifwm (687373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010946)

Nope. I respect plenty of ugly chicks. They're still ugly though.

Re:Can I get these in "Beer Goggles" mode? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010883)

Being able to look at ugly chicks as if they were beautiful would be a gift beyond price.

Drinking four large glasses of beer in an hour works for me.

Re:Can I get these in "Beer Goggles" mode? (3, Funny)

stemcell (636823) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010887)

Oh come on, this is /. - being able to look at inflatable chicks as it they were beautiful would be a start......

Re:Can I get these in "Beer Goggles" mode? (2, Funny)

terrencefw (605681) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010892)

What? You want the beer goggles without the beer? What's wrong with you!

Re:Can I get these in "Beer Goggles" mode? (1)

the real darkskye (723822) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010982)

Indeed, I, for one, would much prefer the anti-beer goggles mod so that no matter how drunk I am, people still look the same, in focus and haven't spontaniously developed a clone.

Now if only I could get a hearing aid which stopped boring people from being interesting while drunk too...

Promising (1)

zxflash (773348) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010806)

It's always nice to see promining new technologies on the horizon that can drastically imporove peoples lives...

I just have one question though will you choose Visdose NT or Eyeballix as your primary OS

15% of the worlds blind (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010809)


could be cured for the cost of 1 Nuclear submarine, but as we are not serious about curing blindness we would rather have multiple subs and lots of blind people

http://www.mercyships.org [mercyships.org]

Re:15% of the worlds blind (3, Insightful)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010924)

could be cured for the cost of 1 Nuclear submarine, but as we are not serious about curing blindness we would rather have multiple subs and lots of blind people
Similarly, we could cure hunger and disease for the price of 3 nuclear subs. But next year we'd have to pay even more because all our free food aid has bankrupted the few remaining farmers in Africa (this does actually happen by the way). Then after a few years, when we say 'enough is enough' and ask them to grow their own damn food for a change, they come to our countries instead and take ours. We will not be able to stop them because we have swapped all our submarines for food.

I'm kidding of course. My point is that the defense of our citizens has a higher priority than curing the world's blind, and that one submarine is deemed necessary for the defense.

Steve Austin...a man barely alive... (1)

rirugrat (255768) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010810)

"We can rebuild him...we have the technology..."

Legal issues with artificial eyes... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010815)

The problem with having a camera for an eye is that if they got good, they most certainly would cause enromous legal issues. You could conceivably record your own sight, which would run afoul of various copyright, privacy, and wire-tap laws in the US and abroad. More so if you broadcast them, or if security/access control was in place.

Re:Legal issues with artificial eyes... (2, Insightful)

mrjb (547783) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010857)

Good point, I don't think that should've been modded down. Those glasses transfer the image to the artificial retina via wireless. Of course the signal need not be very strong, but could possibly be picked up by others.

Re:Legal issues with artificial eyes... (1)

famebait (450028) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010870)

Only if you actually did record it.

Re:Legal issues with artificial eyes... (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010885)

Will this be any more of an issue than today's hearing aids? After all, they could be used to record sounds...

Get infravision, Win the JREF Prize... (1, Funny)

NarrMaster (760073) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010838)

If someone had the ability to see in the infrared spectrum, they could possibly decieve the James Randi Educational Foundation. [randi.org] Contact James Randi, claim you can see "auras", set up the test to your advantage and viola! A cool $1,000,000! Put another way:

1. Get infravision.
2. Contact James Randi.
3. Profit!

Re:Get infravision, Win the JREF Prize... (3, Funny)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010915)

set up the test to your advantage and viola!
I knew I should have taken music lessons in school.

Divine powers? (1)

zonix (592337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010840)

Restoring sight to the blind is a Bibical miracle, a sign of divine powers.

Well, as The Doctor said: "Divine intervention is ... unlikely". :-)

z

About time too! (3, Interesting)

manavendra (688020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010852)

This is very good news! My brother had been hurt in an accident has a child and has limited vision in one eye. The retina of his eye was damaged and several thousand dollars and hundreds of trips to clinics and hospitals later, we have been where we started!

This is early days yet, I know, but it offers some hope.

Screw Artificial Eyes (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010855)

I want chainsaw hands!

Conspiracy! (1, Funny)

Lostie (772712) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010862)

I wouldn't be surprised if this company is also responsible for running shock sites such as goat.cx - they produce severe retinal scarring, perfect for business!

Re:Conspiracy! (1)

NarrMaster (760073) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010903)

No, the scarring is much deeper than that. I had to clean my temporal lobe with a screwdriver after tubgirl. (shudders)

Startrek (1)

Celt (125318) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010867)

Well It did'ent happen in ST till the 24th Century,
It did'ent happen to Geordi LaForge till one of the films :)

The 24th Century, when Kunta Kinte is blind (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010950)

and men are still bald.

Syndicate ? (-1, Troll)

pklinken (773410) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010874)

That's what this reminds me off anyway..
Level 3 vision implants, and minigun those innocent civilians to a pulp from a safe (haha) distance!

Of course, even better... (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010908)

Like it or not we will become BORGS when the majority of limbs and interfaces will be better than our given by nature ones.

And the Law of Accelerating will make shure it comes sooner than we all aticipate it.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0134.html? pr intable=1

stupid title! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10010926)

Need A New Retina? Look No Further

if you need a new retina, you can't look any further!

Please wont somebody think of the blind diabetics? (2, Interesting)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010927)

This is great news for me, I recently had an eye scan which showed the first signs of retinal damage after years of being diabetic... They reckon I have about ten years lefy so these guys need to get it up to at least JPEG resolution by then so I can still jack into my laptop and get my pr0n.. ;)

Re:Please wont somebody think of the blind diabeti (1, Funny)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010942)

P.S. Please do NOT mark the above 'Insightful'

Finally something for the... (1)

akeyes (720106) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010954)

average geek. Now when we burn ours out by staring at bright monitors in dark rooms for countless days on end, we have a replacement.

Only for people who could see at some time (5, Informative)

Jeff Kelly (309129) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010959)

Just some clarification.

These devices won't restore eyesight to people who were born blind. Only those who, at one time in their life, actually could see will profit from such technical replacements.

When you are born you are nearly blind. It takes four to six years for the visual cortex to develop fully. After the age of six this development stops and thats the end of it.

If you are born blind then the cortex will not be trained and no magic eye surgery will restore your vision, because after the age of six the visual cortex will no longer adapt to the new situation.

Even if your eyes are restored to 20/20 vision you will not see a thing because your vision center doesn't know how to interpret the pictures. So these kinds of surgery will only help people which went blind and not those who were born blind. (Still cool stuff)

BTW. It is the same with deafness.

"New Retina? Look no further" (1)

palion (172285) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010969)

Those who look for a new retina simply CAN not look further...

Progress,,,? (3, Insightful)

julesh (229690) | more than 9 years ago | (#10010979)

I'm sure I remember hearing about a similar experiment about 10 years ago. They'd connected a 5x5 array of electrodes to a patient's optical nerves, and he could see vaguely defined objects. So this is exactly how much progress...?
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