Biomimetic file 158: Assisted Enhanced Vision

Assisted Enhanced Vision


Highlight: “Rhian Lewis, 49, underwent an eight-hour surgery at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital to fit her with a “bionic eye.” The trial surgery involved inserting a 3-by-3 millimeter chip, made by German firm Retina Implant AG, into her right eye beneath her retina. This chip contains over 1,500 light sensors that send electrical signals to nerve cells. This information is then processed by a tiny computer that sits underneath the skin behind her ear…”

Insight: Our senses provide us a very restricted vision of the world we live in, which in many ways alter our perception and judgement. Technology has broadly expended our understanding of the surrounding environment by exploring the world with a different “eye”, namely various light analysis instruments. These tools enable us to scan the universe of the invisible and to explore different dimensions of space from the very large to the very small. Future technologies that will enhance our vision capabilities could drastically change our perception of the world and offer countless new possibilities…

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What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…