Thanks to the work of Cornell neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg and her team, KT Tunstall’s song “Suddenly I See” may take on new meaning for the millions of blind people throughout the world. Her TEDMED talk was just released and includes some impressive images created by a prosthetic eye. The innovative aspect of the prosthetic is that it incorporates an image encoder-transducer that can effectively bypass a damaged retina and send visual codes to the optic nerve and the brain – in essence, it can bridge the gap. Nirenberg alludes at the end of her talk about current promising work to bridge the gap for other conditions, such as auditory deafness or motor disability. So take 10 minutes out of your day and watch this worthwhile video showing current state-of-the-art.
Papers on PubMed by Nirenberg and her team.