BrainPort Vision Allows Blind To See with Tongue

From the Website:
For those who are blind, the non-surgical BrainPort vision device is an investigational assistive device for orientation, mobility, object identification and spot reading.  It enables perception of visual information using the tongue and camera system as a paired substitute for the eye. Visual information is collected from a video camera and translated into gentle electrical stimulation patterns on the surface of the tongue. Users describe it as pictures drawn on their tongue with champagne bubbles. With training users may perceive shape, size, location and motion of objects in their environment.  The BrainPort vision device is intended to augment rather than replace other assistive technology such as the white cane or guide dog.

Research studies are conducted under Institutional Review Board approved protocols and with participant consents.  Substantially all research completed to date has been funded by the National Eye Institute of the NIH. 

The BrainPort® vision device is an Investigational Device and its use remains limited by U.S. Federal Law to investigational uses only. THE BRAINPORT VISION DEVICE HAS NOT YET BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) FOR CLEARANCE OR APPROVAL AND IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE. WICAB MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE DEVICE SAFETY OR EFFICACY.

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