Thursday, May 05, 2005

Now this is cool.....

I am continually awed by the scientific achievements that keep giving docs the tools to do better things, but this just takes the cake. Artificial retinas have been implanted in six patients, and early results are encouraging.

"These patients are blind because they don't have the photodetectors," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Humayun, a professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California. "The implant jump-starts the remaining cells. You're effectively coupling a blind person with a wearable camera."
The system is named after the Greek mythological character Argus, a giant shepherd with 100 eyes. As frequently happened in those tales, he got caught between the warring Zeus and Hera, and wound up DOA. As a consolation prize, Hera installed his eyes in the tail feathers of the peacock.

More info can be found at Second Sight's web site. This is certainly a far cry from my first introduction to Argus --- my first (and still favorite) camera, the Argus C3.