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'Bionic eye' Breakthrough can allow the Blind to See
independent.co.uk ^ | 09 May 2003 | Steve Connor

Posted on 05/08/2003 5:56:12 PM PDT by wallcrawlr

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I am the parent of a daughter with a Bionic Ear...I know how important and dynamic technology is changing peoples lives.

http://www.bionicear.com/

1 posted on 05/08/2003 5:56:12 PM PDT by wallcrawlr
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I am blind in my right eye...technology like this would be quite helpful, thank you very much.
2 posted on 05/08/2003 6:01:55 PM PDT by GiveEmDubya
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To: GiveEmDubya
Can anyone say... Star Trek visor guy...
3 posted on 05/08/2003 6:04:46 PM PDT by ztiworoh
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To: wallcrawlr
Science fiction is no longer fiction. What a blessing this will be when it is fully developed. And the possibilities for extended vision, into the invisible and even the radio frequencies, are actually possible now.
4 posted on 05/08/2003 6:07:10 PM PDT by templar
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They've been experimenting with much higher resolution versions of this same device. The primary limiting factor is building the artificial retinas in a small enough form-factor that it is practical. As miniaturization improves and the ability to tie electronics directly into the brain improve, these will become more and more capable. On of the interesting things is that most of these artificial retinas are sensitive further into the infrared than a natural human eye.
5 posted on 05/08/2003 6:09:07 PM PDT by tortoise
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6 posted on 05/08/2003 6:09:30 PM PDT by Bob J (Freerepublic.net...where it's always a happening....)
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Can't come soon enough.....


7 posted on 05/08/2003 6:14:41 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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Visor my ass. That's an air filter from a Ford Pinto.
8 posted on 05/08/2003 6:39:53 PM PDT by yooper
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actually the frame is a common hair barret thing.... with a air filter from a ford pinto.... : )
9 posted on 05/08/2003 6:42:55 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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This will be great when they get it developed.

I have worked with some blind folks. They were cheerful and happy for the most part, but the limitations on their lives were damnably unfair.

10 posted on 05/08/2003 6:45:36 PM PDT by LibKill (MOAB, the greatest advance in Foreign Relations since the cat-o'-nine-tails!)
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This is high speed, low drag stuff.

Big bump for Western Civilization.
11 posted on 05/08/2003 7:00:47 PM PDT by Stopislamnow (A Religion? yah. right.)
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Let's take up a collection and buy one for Hans Blix.
12 posted on 05/08/2003 7:17:19 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death
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ROTFL!
13 posted on 05/08/2003 8:34:33 PM PDT by Tauzero
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To: ztiworoh
Back in the 60's an aviation writer named Martin Caidin wrote a short sci fi story titled cyborg aka as the six million dollar man, it seems medical science is catching up with sci fi from 30 years back .
14 posted on 05/08/2003 8:37:20 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: wallcrawlr
I am also a parent of a child with a cochlear implant. She now hears at 25db wearing her implant and is learning to speak. When not wearing her implant - swimming, bathing, or sleeping, she hears virtually nothing. Her implant, a Nucleus Cochlear 24 channel, is the most amazing tool and her progress has been remarkable. My hope is that one day there will be actual cures for people who can not hear or see.
15 posted on 05/08/2003 11:03:51 PM PDT by merry10
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My experience is with a Clarion CII w/HiRes. My 2 and a couple month old daughter just recently tested at 10dbs.

Its good to meet you and hear about your success.
I wish you well.

Take care.
16 posted on 05/09/2003 7:25:51 PM PDT by wallcrawlr
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There was this guy driving a mustang thanks to his bionic eye in Wired magazine. This article is about a lesser technology
17 posted on 05/10/2003 10:23:44 AM PDT by JudgemAll
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To: wallcrawlr
We have a new MAP scheduled in a couple weeks, so she will probably go up at that point. THanks, I wish you well too.
18 posted on 05/10/2003 7:46:58 PM PDT by merry10
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I hate to say this, but I predict a left wing backlash on a small scale against this. They've been attacking people for using the ear pieces (the implants), for "destroying the culture of the deaf", and have encouraged parents not to let there kids go for the surgery. Alot of liberals (also known as sicko's) are more concerned about maintaining a "sufficient" number of deaf people, for future generations to "preserve there culture".
19 posted on 05/11/2003 12:06:28 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant".)
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WHere do you get your information that these are left wing or liberals? I have to tell you, it doesnt matter what the ideology. When a parent implants a child, they need to make the decision themself for the child and for themselves. It is up to the parent to become knowledgable about the implants. Once in a while the implant does not work the way the family wants it to. There are plenty of Democrats getting the implant too...I was at UCLA a couple months ago and there were several left wing looking people with implants and one woman in particular had a button that said "Proud American against the War". Your logic makes no sense.
20 posted on 05/11/2003 12:02:35 PM PDT by merry10
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