Trials of a bionic eye developed by a team of robotics engineers that could potentially restore sight to an estimated 285 million blind people.
It was developed by engineers from Hong Kong and the U.S. offers hope to the hundreds of millions of people around the world that have lost their ability to see due to things like age-related macular degeneration and BB gun accidents. It is estimated to be available in 5 years. It is called the EC-EYE, short for ElectroChemical EYE, and is inspired by the human retina, which is one of the most sensitive tissues we known to human beings, providing up to 80% of all information about our surroundings.
The eyeball itself is made of silicon into which the retina technology is placed, the space in between is taken up by ionic liquid that simulates the biological gel that forms a buffer between the lens and the retina behind it.
Professor Fan, who created it with the help of his colleagues, said that,”We hope to further improve our device in terms of bio-compatibility, stability, and performance, It has a potential to elevate our visual capability to a much higher level.”