STUDENT OVERCOMES BLINDNESS STUDYING COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Michael Griffin knew he could no longer pretend his eyes were fine after he failed the vision test required to renew his driver’s license. He was 24, and doctors had told him 10 years earlier he had juvenile macular degeneration, a condition that can progress over years until causing partial or […]

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SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH ASSISTIVE GLASSES

A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system in the form of intelligent glasses that provide unobtrusive and intuitive support in everyday situations. The technology platform is being provided by eye tracking specialist SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) (www.smivision.com).

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A STEP TOWARD A POTENTIAL THERAPY FOR ACQUIRED BLINDNESS

Hereditary blindness caused by a progressive degeneration of the light-sensing cells in the eye, the photoreceptors, affects millions of people worldwide. Although the light-sensing cells are lost, cells in deeper layers of the retina, which normally cannot sense light, remain intact. A promising new therapeutic approach based on a technology termed «optogenetics» is to introduce […]

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