Hebrew University Scientists Create ´Sight´ Method for Blind (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/17/12)
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Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a
device that enables blind people to “see.”
Dr. Amir Amedi of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada at the Hebrew
University, and PhD student Ella Striem-Amit used in the research a
sensory substitution device (SSD) called “The vOICe,” developed by
Dr. Peter Meijer of Holland.
The device converts images from a minature camera into soundscapes,
allowing the user to listen to and then interpret the visual
information coming from the camera. It also enables those using the
system to “read” an eye chart with letter sizes smaller than those
used in determining the international standard for blindness.
Eight congenitally blind participants in a recent test group at HU
passed a conventional exam of the standard visual test called the
Snellen acuity test, technically surpassing the criterion of the
World Health Organization (WHO) for blindness.
The findings of the research were published recently in the PloS One
Journal in the United States. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/17/12)
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