A brain implant that activates vision and hearing has been developed
Russian specialists from the Deaf-Blind Support Foundation “Connection” in collaboration with scientists from the non-profit Sensor-Tech Laboratory have developed a brain implant that can activate various senses, such as vision or hearing. This is reported by the newspaper “Izvestia”.
As specified, three neurochips were created, which are designed to restore vision, hearing, or neurological disorders. For the blind, they prepared a system consisting of two devices: an internal part (an implant) and an external part (a camera and a microcomputer that transmits an image to the brain). This development will allow both completely blind patients (including those without eyes) to see the world around them, as well as people who had visual experience and partially retained their vision.
A microchip for the deaf and hearing impaired is also implanted in the brain, the second part of the device consists of a small microphone that is inserted directly into the inside of the ear (in the cochlea, where the nerve endings are located). The third neuroimplant will help people with various neurological disorders: Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, tremor or chronic pain syndrome.
At the moment, the device is undergoing the last stage of animal testing (it was tested on monkeys). All experiments were successful, by 2024 it is planned to implant the chips in the test volunteers.