Blind Soldier Able to See with His Tongue

This new invention idea is nothing but amazing! Imagine using your tongue not to taste but see the world! Quite confusing of course but there’s an article posted in BBC about a soldier blinded by a grenade. He’s now using a “tiny video camera attached to a pair of sunglasses linked to a plastic ‘lolly pop’ which the user places on their tongue to read the electrical pulses”.

The experimental machine converts visual images into a series of electrical pulses which are sent to his tongue. Twenty-four year old L/Cpl Craig Lundber likens the process to “licking a nine volt battery or like popping candy”. Ouch! But if this is what it takes for blind people to see then I don’t think they will mind at all.

“You get lines and shapes of things, it sees in black and white so you get a two dimensional image on your tongue, it’s a bit like a pins and needles sensation,” he said.

“It’s only a prototype, but the potential to change my life is massive, it’s got a lot of potential to advance things for blind people.

“One of the things it has enabled me to do is pick up objects straight away, I can reach out and pick them up when before I would be fumbling around to feel for them.”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it expected to pay about £18,000 for the device and training to enable the trial to take place.

Users cannot speak or eat while using the BrainPort so designers are hoping to create a smaller device that could be permanently fixed behind the teeth or to the roof of the mouth enabling more natural use.


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