American scientists (Baylor College of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles and Second Sight Medical Products) have created a visual cortical prosthesis to help blind people see. And although this study is in its initial stages, blind patients already recognize points of light on the monitor. The device is called Orion and its principle of operation is quite simple: the visual information is fixed by the camera on the glasses and, bypassing the non-working optical nerves, is transmitted directly to the Orion device, which is implanted in the brain of the patient.
Ali Padilla arrived in Chicago from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of New Mexico. Currently, he is doing his internship at the National Museum of Health where conducts research for various projects and creates content/assets for museum exhibits. Ali is currently a graduate student in the Biomedical Visualization program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studies building skeletons and making artificial limbs (ocular prosthesis, nasal prosthesis, ear prosthesis, finger and fingernail prosthesis). Continue reading “Ali Padilla constructs a very realistic prosthesis”