The creepy and amazing world of computer implants

Cameras embedded in human skulls. Chips that translate thoughts into actions. Contact lenses that diagnose eye diseases. These computer implants will blow your mind.

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Electronic Eye

Researchers worldwide are developing retina implants to help restore sight to blind and vision-impaired people. In Germany, the Institute for Ophthalmic Research's Retina Implant Project, for instance, is developing a microchip with photocells; the chip absorbs light as it enters the eye, and then converts it into electrical signals. (An external energy source behind the ear powers the device.) The chip assumes the duties of light-sensitive cells, or photoreceptors, that have been damaged by degenerative retinal diseases.

Image credit: UKT Institute for Ophthalmic Research
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