The Braille Contact Lens by Bar Ilan University Gives Sight to the Blind

By: Meghan Young - Feb 3, 2014
References: gizmag & psfk
The Braille Contact Lens is being developed to provide more tactile sight for the blind. Although not necessarily using braille, per se, the surface of the delicate contact lens is being "fitted with a series of electrodes that use small electric impulses to mechanically relay shapes onto the cornea, almost like braille. After some practice, test subjects were able to identify specific objects," according to Psfk.

Created by engineering researchers at the Bar Ilan University in Israel, the Braille Contact Lens is quite the feat. Although it won't be available in the near future, it promises a whole new experience for the visually impaired. Through these impressions, blind individuals will be able to identify specific objects using their eyes, if not in the way they were naturally meant to be used.