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Bionic eyewear to be tested on blind patients in the UK & France

Star Trek-style dark goggles with a robot-like vision system will be tested on patients who have lost their sight.

Developed by French company Pixium Vision, Iris II uses a bio-inspired camera to stimulate a retinal implant and send image signals to the brain.

A video camera on the goggles captures images and sends them to a smart phone-size computer that converts them into electric signals. The signals are then transmitted to a small silicon chip implant to stimulate the optic nerve.

Clinical trials will take place in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria. A number of such systems are being developed by private companies and institutions around the world.

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