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New Visual Braille Option

reading braille

People suffering from blindness around the world depended upon braille to read and write. Originally created by Louis Braille in 1824, this universal “language” was an ingenious development: it incorporates patterns of raised dots to assist blind people in communicating with others.

Now scientists have taken braille to a new level with the development of an ocular neuroprosthetic device that is implanted in the blind person’s eye and projects braille patterns into the retina.

Researchers at Second Sight developed the device and have implanted it in the eyes of more than 50 people. And now, many of these individuals can see color, movement and objects. For those suffering from the genetic eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, the braille implant device  also has provided limited reading capabilities.

Learn more about this new braille device by visiting these links:

Neuroprosthetic Device Uses Implant To Project Visual Braille

Blind Patient Reads Words Stimulated Directly Onto Retina: Neuroprosthetic Device Uses Implant to Project Visual Braille

 

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