A Momentary Flow

Updating Worldviews one World at a time

The Argus, named after the all-seeing Greek god with 100 eyes, is a wearable computer that helps blind people see borders and boundaries at very low resolution. We first reported on the device some eight years ago, when it was still in testing. Now, at long last, the Food and Drug Administration has approved its use in the U.S. for people with Lloyd’s condition, and the device will begin selling shortly at select medical centers, including the University of California, San Francisco.
The Argus is not a true “eyes for the blind” device — patients can’t see objects in the same way people with normal eyesight can. Instead, they see black-and-white edges and contrast points, and the brain can be trained to use this artificial data as a visual guide. It provides enough visual information for the patient to gain some independence, allowing them to cross a street safely, or navigate an unfamiliar room.
“You have to learn to see again, but people who have this implant were people that used to see,” said Lloyd, one of the first patients to get the Argus. “As you go through life, you still have pictures in your brain of everything you’ve seen before. So, you’re creating yourself an image that matches what’s in your memory. It’s a concept that a lot of people don’t get when they think about this device.”
(via New Wearable Device Helps Blind Patients See Shapes and Colors | Gadget Lab | Wired.com)

The Argus, named after the all-seeing Greek god with 100 eyes, is a wearable computer that helps blind people see borders and boundaries at very low resolution. We first reported on the device some eight years ago, when it was still in testing. Now, at long last, the Food and Drug Administration has approved its use in the U.S. for people with Lloyd’s condition, and the device will begin selling shortly at select medical centers, including the University of California, San Francisco.

The Argus is not a true “eyes for the blind” device — patients can’t see objects in the same way people with normal eyesight can. Instead, they see black-and-white edges and contrast points, and the brain can be trained to use this artificial data as a visual guide. It provides enough visual information for the patient to gain some independence, allowing them to cross a street safely, or navigate an unfamiliar room.

“You have to learn to see again, but people who have this implant were people that used to see,” said Lloyd, one of the first patients to get the Argus. “As you go through life, you still have pictures in your brain of everything you’ve seen before. So, you’re creating yourself an image that matches what’s in your memory. It’s a concept that a lot of people don’t get when they think about this device.”

(via New Wearable Device Helps Blind Patients See Shapes and Colors | Gadget Lab | Wired.com)

Notes

  1. dominicanomaly reblogged this from wildcat2030 and added:
    (via TumbleOn)
  2. dermoosealini reblogged this from wildcat2030
  3. tiedyjohnny reblogged this from wildcat2030
  4. and-yo-sauce reblogged this from wildcat2030
  5. hmkchoe reblogged this from wildcat2030
  6. philosophishy reblogged this from wildcat2030
  7. finitelemons reblogged this from wildcat2030
  8. sirmagicbeard reblogged this from wildcat2030
  9. amenimomakezubee reblogged this from wildcat2030
  10. sasokity reblogged this from stuff-worth-visiting
  11. journeyofhumanity reblogged this from wildcat2030
  12. storyofneil reblogged this from wildcat2030
  13. dgcaat reblogged this from wildcat2030
  14. aper-fur-e-labs reblogged this from wildcat2030
  15. mima-chan reblogged this from wildcat2030
  16. mikeedwilliams reblogged this from wildcat2030 and added:
    This is just cool.
  17. maryjanemysidehoe reblogged this from wildcat2030
  18. recognitio reblogged this from wildcat2030
  19. floresalbert reblogged this from wildcat2030
  20. whothehellisjoe reblogged this from wildcat2030
  21. stuff-worth-visiting reblogged this from wildcat2030