Neuroscientists at Wicab, Inc. has developed the BrainPort Vision Device that allows the blinds to “see” using their tougues. The device includes a pair of sunglassess that has a tiny digital video camera for collecting visual data. Data collected are then transmitted to a handheld, cellphone-sized base unit that will convert digital signal into electrical pulses.
Converted signals will be sent to the tongue via a “lollipop”, an electrode array about nine square centimeters that sits directly on the tongue. It’s likely the BrainPort will be made to the market but it has to be approved by the FDA first. The expect price is about $10,000.