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A Blind Soldier's Sight Restored Through His Tongue

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by glych t.anomaly, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    Lance Corporal Craig Lundberg lost his sight to a rocket-propelled grenade in 2007. Now, thanks to a fascinating technology, he can read words and make out shapes using his tongue. It's truly incredible.

    The remarkable sight-giving device is called the BrainPort, and while it was developed late last year, Lundberg is the first person to use it in the UK.

    BrainPort consists of a pair of video camera-equipped sunglasses that are themselves attached to a "lollipop" that's placed in the mouth. Whatever is captured by the camera is converted into electrical pulses that are sent to the tongue. The brain then processes those those pulses as pixelated images.

    The device is still a prototype, but the early returns are incredibly promising. It's a watershed moment in the battle against blindness, and an amazing gift for one wounded soldier.

    wholy fuck that is insanely cool.

    i wonder it looks like to see through impulses transmitted via your tongue?

    so crazy.

  2. veteze

    veteze TRIBE Promoter

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  4. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    hahaha nice :)

    <3 Trek.

  5. Aerius Zension

    Aerius Zension TRIBE Member

    I used to know a girl like this once...
  6. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    If you're interested in this kind of stuff, check "The Brain that Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge. Fascinating read on new approaches to brainwork, viewing it more modelled on a network rather than an engine as it was previously.
    The Brain That Changes Itself
  7. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    awesome !

    thank you :)


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