A device made in San Francisco helps the blind to see. It uses a 5-ounce?
A device made in San Francisco helps the blind to see. It uses a 5-ounce TV camera mounted on the side of spectacles, and translates light energy into patterns felt on the patient's skin.
The device is expected to be adopted in Pennsylvania and California schools for the blind to help them "see" for the first time.
SYNOPSIS:Scientists in the United States have devised new equipment enabling the blind to see.
The "eye" is a battery-operated, 5-ounce camera, mounted on the frame of an ordinary pair of glasses (spectacles).
The patient demonstrates the board which translates the camera's image into a pattern he will feel, through vibrations, on his stomach.
Developers of the blind man's eye say it takes only ten hours for a person to learn to concentrate on an object in space the way a si???ted person does with the natural visual image; only sighted people learn to do this in infancy.
This old dentist chair with the mass of electronic equipment is the first used in the exhaustive tests to prove that blind people could be given sight. The theory behind the process, known as the tactile vision substitution theory, has explored several methods of translating sight into touch.
A background screen gives an impression of the way blind people may be helped to see simple objects.