Bionic eyes to be fitted with ‘predator vision’ in blindness cure

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The advanced artificial intelligence has hit the news recently, with a Russian student developing his own set of robotic eyes.

Evgeny Nekrasov, 21, developed a technological system to send images to his brain, giving him partial sight.

With bionic eyes in their infancy, future models could become much more advanced.

Creators of the first bionic eye implant, Second Sight Medical Products, are planning to equip future models with technology seen in the Terminator films.

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TERMINATOR: Bionic eyes will be fitted with thermal vision (Pic: GETTY)

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FACIAL RECOGNITION: Bionic eyes will come with a host of tech (Pic: GETTY)

“They could have this object recognition software tell them in their ear, iPhone or coffee cup”

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One aspect of this would see users given thermal vision, allowing them to differentiate between temperatures.

Second Sight CEO Will McGuire told Engadget: “It would be good for them to have that as kind of a mode perhaps, in which they could switch to thermal imaging.

“And they can identify where people are in the room, day or night, more easily.

“They could maybe identify the hot part of a stove or cup of coffee, things like that.”

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BIONIC MAN: Evgeny Nekrasov built his own eyes (Pic: EVGENY NEKRASOV)

As well as this, the device could recognise familiar faces and objected.

Mr Maguire added: “They could have this object recognition software tell them in their ear, iPhone or coffee cup.”

Their new system would be implanted directly into a patient’s brain.

This would require an overnight hospital stay and a three to four week recovery before it could be used.

The user would then be equipped with a pair of glasses connected to the implant, which would submit 60 electrodes.

Second Sight’s senior director, implant and R&D Nik Talbot said: “It’s done over and over for each electrode – we really have to train them not to move their eyes, which is the natural response when you see the light.

“As they move their eyes, the brain is expecting to see something different, where in fact, they’re not going to see anything different because they’re talking in everything through camera..

“So they have to be taught to keep their eyes looking forward, the same as the camera.”

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