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Caltech Scientists Create Robot Surrogate for Blind Persons in Testing Visual Prostheses
October 19, 2009
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have created a remote-controlled robot that is able to simulate the "visual" experience of a blind person who has been implanted with a visual prosthesis, such as an artificial retina. An artificial retina consists of a silicon chip studded with a varying number of electrodes that directly stimulate retinal nerve cells. It is hoped that this approach may one day give blind persons the freedom of independent mobility.
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