Giving Sight to the Blind with Technology

A Carolina woman has become one of the first of a group of blind people to have had their sight restored through cybernetics.

Electrodes implanted in Cheri Robertson’s brain receive a video signal from a small camera worn on her eyeglasses and processed through a wearable computer, a la Geordi LaForge.

Patients with the implants see flashes of light and outlines of objects, but there’s a good chance that the technology will improve with time.

About Benny Powers

Benny is a 20 year old student of the arts and sciences. He will be attending Trent University for the 2006-2007 semester. An experienced percussionist, Benny specializes in hand percussion such as djembe, doumbek and udu drums. Recently he has joined the Toronto samba band <a href="http://www.sambaelegua.com">Samba Elegua</a>, playing the surdo. He also does <a href="http://bennyp.wordpress.com">spoken word poetry</a>, and performs at open mic nights in Toronto in the summer time.

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