Researchers at Monash University are about to begin trials of a direct-to-grain bionic eye implant by 2014.
The microchips we are testing will be implanted directly on the surface of a patient’s visual cortex, located at the back of the brain. It’s estimated that each patient will receive a grid of up to 14 eight-by-eight millimetre tiles
Each tile comprises a four-by-four millimetre microchip with some 500,000 transistors and 45 hair-thin electrodes. When fully operational, these tiles will receive low-resolution, black-and-white images from an external digital processing unit connected to a high-resolution camera.
The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC, 1974-1978) was an American TV series about a former astronaut that was rebuilt following an accident that resulted in his right arm, left eye, and both legs being replaced with bionics at a cost of six million dollars.