Posted September 08, 2018 05:52:07 Australia’s new high-tech eye could be the world’s first printed eye.
It could make it possible for people to print out their own medical images, a vision of the future that has long been seen as the next step in medicine.
The company that makes the eye is called Photorex, and it’s based in the UK.
The eye is an image sensor and, by way of the brain, is able to sense light and see patterns in the scene.
PhotoreX is the only company in the world that makes such a device.
Here, the team demonstrates an eye-print scanner in action.
Photo: Photoreex Australia’s Government says the eye would be used to make medical images for people who are blind or visually impaired.
A team of Australian researchers from the University of Melbourne, the University for the Blind, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons and the Australian Research Council, has created a new implantable eye for the world to use.
The team of researchers have been working for more than two years to develop a functional prototype of the eye.
They say the device could be a critical component in the future of medical technology and the future health of people around the world.
The researchers developed the device using a combination of new technology and research techniques to build a prototype that could be implanted into the human eye.
“In this case, the implant would be a device that we have developed to take images of the human retina and transmit them into a memory device so that when a person uses a computer to create an image, the device would automatically recognise the image and tell the computer to send it into the eye,” said Dr Sarah Kasten, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at the University’s College of Dentistry.
The research team say they hope to have the eye functional by the end of the year.
Dr Kastan says the implant could eventually be used by people who have no visual or hearing impairments.
The device is made from silicone, which is used for prosthetics in other countries and for implants in people who can’t see.
“It’s a highly flexible, very flexible piece of technology, and there are a lot of applications for it in the healthcare sector,” she said.
“One of those applications is people who would not normally have a vision device, but who would have a prosthetic eye.”
Dr Kesten said the implant had been developed with the help of a large number of partners.
“The eye has a very unique structure, and the idea is that it could be used for other applications in the same way as other eye implants,” she added.
“So we have a number of people who will be able to use it.”
The researchers say they will use the device to create more complex models of the retina and other parts of the body.
“We are also going to be able in the near future to make an artificial retina for people with congenital blindness,” Dr Kosten said.
The Australian government has set up a fund to develop the technology.
“To make sure that the device works as well as it can in humans, we are also funding a consortium of scientists to develop new versions of the technology that would be suitable for use by people with other disabilities,” Dr Kayana Kostan, the chief scientific officer at Photoreax, said.
She said the company had developed its technology using a variety of different research methods.
“There’s been a lot more work in the laboratory, and that’s been supported by our partners and the University,” she explained.
The scientists say the eye could also be used in prosthetic limbs, including for people using prosthetic eyes to operate wheelchairs.
“This is the first time that a human eye has been successfully developed for implantation into a human limb and we’re very excited to have this technology to take it further,” Dr Karoline Schafer, the director of research and development at the Australian Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases, said in a statement.
“For this to work, the prosthesis needs to be strong enough to hold up to the pressure applied to it, and this is why this is so exciting.”
It is a first step towards people with the most complex of conditions being able to have a functional prosthetic, which could have benefits for people living with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries.
“Even if we are not able to develop an eye that is the most appropriate for people for whom this technology is appropriate, this will allow us to move forward,” Dr Schafer said.
Ms Schafer was not involved in the research.