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Artificial Retinas VS. “Miruko” the Wearable Eyeball Robot

Compare and Contrast: Friends and colleagues frequently send me info about bionic eyeballs …

NY Times


via FAYE CHAO, photographer and new collaborator

An Artificial Retina


By Priya Ganapati

via ANDY CAVATORTA, MIT Media Lab engineer and friend

Here’s how the implant works. The glasses that patients wear contains a coil that wirelessly transmits power to receiving coils surrounding the eyeball. The eyeball holds a microchip encased in a sealed titanium case to avoid damage from water seepage. The chip receives visual information and activates electrodes that in turn fire the nerve cells that carry visual input to the brain.

Retinal Implant


via ERIC PELTIER, filmmaker and collaborator When “Miruko” the video arrived in my inbox, the subject heading read: “if only it could be a bit smaller…” So true Eric, so true.

It somehow connects to an iPhone! Check it out:

“Miruko” is a wearble eyeball-shaped robotic game interface created by YUKAI-Engineering, in Japanese, ユカイ工学. The main objective of the robot system is to extend our body and sensing ability. The eyeball robot has a wi-fi module in order to communicate with host computer or with other devices and has a wireless CMOS camera embedded in the iris of the robot.

In other words, the medical field has some competition when it comes to the game-tech industry, for one thing I would much rather play with “Miruko” it is accessible and kid friendly. Did you notice how everyone was smiling? … and there were monsters, but not scary at all. I would be afraid to break one of those artificial retinas and have to pay for it, like my parents had to pay for the tainted merchandise when by accident I dropped hundred’s of multicolored gourmet rainbow candy when we were on vacation.

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