A team of researchers led by Dr. Eli Peli at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, (a Harvard Medical School affiliate) with the help of MicroOptical Corp., has developed a new Vision Aid System that could improve the vision and mobility for the people suffering from Tunnel Vision. The specs like device comprises a tiny camera, pocket-sized computer and transparent computer display on a pair of glasses that offers the most effective assistance to date for the Tunnel Vision patients. The new Vision Aid System will help the patients to search for the objects. Dr Eli Peli said that they are trying to make the device available for the public.
Remember the Lighted Ear Curette. Here is another gadget to remove your ear-wax and it is for sure one step ahead of the Lighted Ear Curette. Now you don’t need the help of another person. The device named King’s Idea features a camera/light at the one end and a viewer at the other end to take a proper look at the ear-wax. The device has an anti-bacterial ASB resin/glass/stainless steel make and a 9V battery powers it. Priced at $87 at Rakuten.
Hardly a few days have passed after we had a look at the Pupil, the Robotic chair for the visually impaired, the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities in Japan has come up with the new ‘Intelligent Wheelchair’ for physically disabled that comes equipped with camera pointing towards every direction. These cameras are mounted just above the head of the person in chair to give a complete 360-degrees view. The cool concept is that whenever the cameras see any obstacle in the way, the wheelchair comes to a halt or stops at the moment. You could even transfer the blend of video feeds to a cellphone, thanks to the integrated WiFi capability. The ‘Intelligent Wheelchair’ will also allow the rider to move the chiar in exact direction merely by gestures.
The Given Imaging Ltd., of Israel is all set to release their third endoscope capsule at the United Gastroenterology Week (UEGW) in Berlin, Germany. The capsule measures 11mm by 31mm which is roughly the size of a large vitamin pill. The patient swallows the capsule with water and the prokintec agent to enhance the capsules propulsion. This tiny camera capsule records 4 images per second for up to 10 hours. Each camera contains automatic lighting control and captures more than twice the coverage area and depth of field of the PillCam(TM) SB capsule that is used to diagnose diseases in the small intestine. Essential multi-center trials are underway in Europe and the U.S. The platform for PillCam COLON includes the same components as PillCam SB and ESO including a sensor array and data recorder. Upon completion of the procedure, the physician downloads the recorded data to a RAPID workstation to review the images.
Mark Humayun, M.D., Professor of University of Southern California is currently working on a novel device that mimics the functioning of human retina and is anticipated to restore sight in the retinal diseases affected patients some time in the near future. This eye implant that passes on images to the brain is expected to meet realism anytime soon. Interestingly, the device has already proved successful in restoring partial sight to totally visually impaired patients. The retinal implant comprises of a set of electrodes on a chip, which is surgically fastened to the retina. It accepts images from a tiny lightweight video camera placed on a pair of glasses. Humayun hopes to get FDA thumbs up for the device in two to three years that will reinstate partial vision for RP patients. He also anticipates a third generation device that will boast the image resolving power required to aid AMD patients Via: Sciencentral