Revolutionary technology is a game-changer for people who are blind or visually-impaired
Echolocation: Applying the same principles as a bat or dolphin, Daniel Kish, founder of World Access for the Blind, aims to restore independence to people who are blind or visually-impaireds. Quoting directly from Daniel’s website, “We have helped nearly 10,000 students in nearly 40 countries. We are a dedicated team who lead by example, as most of us are blind! Our unique, scientific method teaches blind people to see in new ways by activating the brain to gain images of the world through sound and touch – like lighting a match in the dark. We are known for our No Limits attitude, as we do not settle for the minimum requirements of functioning, but instead challenge ourselves and our students to reach beyond their limits. Our students understand that they can direct their own lives rich with quality, promise, and as much excitement and intrigue as they could wish for. By our approach, blind people can grow from being passive recipients, often marginalized and restricted, to active contributors free to achieve a quality of life of their own choosing.”
Second Sight: This Company has developed The Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System (“Argus II”), which is also known as the bionic eye or the retinal implant. It is intended to provide electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual in blind individuals with severe to profound Retinitis Pigmentosa.
BrainPort: This technology, developed by Wicab, Inc. uses mild electrical stimulation of the tongue to help someone who has no residual sight to sense their surroundings.
Bionic eye: How about bypassing the eye completely? See what Israeli scientists are developing.