Technology Update



1.  The Bionic Eye :  The bionic eye device works by recording everything  a person with retinitis pigmentosa, sees via a tiny camera embedded into a pair of sunglasses. The video images are then transmitted by WiFi to a small wearable computer, which converts them into electrical impulses that are sent to an electrode array inside her eye (hence the surgery). These electrical impulses painlessly trigger the optic nerve and make the brain ‘see’ patterns of light.

The image that comes through isn’t quite the same as seeing something with your own eyes, but just like learning another language. One has to learn to interpret these into useful images.

A Typical Bionic Eye


2. Wearable technology on textiles :Wearable and implantable technologies sense parameters of various diseases and can either transfer data to a remote center, direct the patient to take a specific action, or automatically perform a function based on what the sensors are reading.

Fraunhofer ISC in Germany has developed a transparent sensor material which can be printed onto textiles.The new sensor technology will be incorporated into a prototype shirt called MONI shirt and  will feature a number of functions including monitoring movement.

Source: K. Selsam- GeiBler, Fraunhofer ISC