Thanks to Yuta Sugiura, we were alerted to the Brainport Vision Device that enables the blind to see using a small video camera, some electronics, and a custom device that ‘displays’ the visual information as electrical patterns on the tongue of the user.
Here’s the description from the YouTube video showing this amazing device:
“Watch as Erik Weihenmayer experiments with the Brainport Vision Device, a revolutionary new technology enabling a blind person to see with his tongue. Mounted on Weihenmayers head is a small video camera which translates visual information to a credit card-size tongue display. Four-hundred tiny pixels present electrical patterns on his tongue, which Weihenmayers brain then interprets as a visual picture in three-dimensional space. Watch as he uses the device to read words and numbers on note cards, to play tic-tac-toe and stone-paper-scissors with his daughter, and to rock climb. To learn more about Brainport, go to www.wicab.com. “