Cats Getting "Bionic Eyes;" Humans Next

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An experimental new blindness cure is currently being tested on our feline friends, with light-sensing chips being placed at the backs of their eyes to restore sight. Since cats have similar eyes to humans and can get retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that leads to blindness, just like us, they make a great stand-in for people during testing.


There have also been limited human trials of the chip, with promising results. Currently the chips can only sense impulses of light rather than actual images, but that's the first step towards restoring sight to those people (and cats) currently living without that very important sense.

'Bionic' Cat Eyes May Help Humans [via Doc in the Machine]


Wow, I haven't seen Construx in AGES! The soles of my feet are hurting just looking at those things :D