Now visually impaired people can see using Brainport

By Shekhar Sahu on 07 September 2009 6:30 PM

brainport in action - image

It is not less than a miracle that now blinds can see their surroundings with this innovation. Scientists of WICAB Inc. got success in developing a gadget called BRAINPORT which demonstrated the ability to interpret images for a human brain.

How does Brainport work?

Brianport has three parts. A camera is fitted on the mid of the goggle. The tiny camera picks up the images and videos and sends it to a handheld device - control unit (looks like a cell phone or mobile). The chip embedded in the control unit then converts the images into electronic pulses. The contrast and zoom can be adjusted by the given buttons on the control unit or control panel of the brainport. A lollipop kind of stick, which sits on the tongue in order to receive signals, is placed inside the mouth. The stick is made up of an array of electrodes. The lollipop stick receives the impulses and transfers it to the nerve cells of the tongue.

Then the brain recognizes the images in the form of pixels and polygonal. The images are slightly monochromatic. It's only helpful for them whose optical path in the brain is working.

Within a day of practice, any blind can easily handle the brainport.  Reading is not possible but signatures can be read. Blinds can walk on the road avoiding obstacles, being assisted by brainport.

A man started crying after seeing alphabets for the first time.

The estimated price of the brainport is $10000. I hope it becomes affordable soon, so all blinds can use it and delight their lives. The device is now waiting for approval by FDA.

Know how does brainport work from here.

Shekhar Sahu

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