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Bionic eye to be implanted in HUMANS as robotic device nears release

•, By Jamie Micklethwait

Blindness has blighted the world for centuries with no answer to the often degenerative disease, but this could be cured by artificial intelligence.

But a team of researchers have created a robotic eye device to potentially cure this.

If successful, the bionic eye would change the lives of millions of people losing their sight.

The team from the University of Sydney are now looking to start human trials ahead of a potential release for the device.

Biomedical engineering professor Gregg Suaning said the "Phoenix 99 Bionic Eye" device sees a microchip implanted onto a patient's eye.

A tiny camera is then placed on a pair of glasses which will wirelessly send images for the microchip to process.

He said: "Users of the bionic eye would see pixelated image that deliver outlines and edges allowing them to navigate their surroundings and help them carry out activities of daily living.

"We hope it will allow people with vision loss to identify if a person, doorway or window is nearby.

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