Israeli Experimental Contact Lens Aims to Offer Tactile Sight for the Blind


eyeResearchers from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University have developed a prototype contact lens that could enable the visually impaired to see the world in a whole new light.

Developed by Professor Zeev Zalevsky, the contact lens processes digital images and translates them into tactile sensations which can then be felt on the user’s cornea, allowing them to form a picture of their physical surroundings.

The system uses a smartphone or mounted camera to capture images that are then transformed into a form of electronic Braille.

“We did preliminary clinical trials on people and were able to transmit basic spatial shapes through tactile sense which the subjects were able to recognize after practice of a few minutes,” Zalevsky said. Read more at GIZMAG.

{ Israel News Bureau}