You Can Help Fund the Creation of the First Bionic Eyeball

July 15, 2011

It's 2011 and I'm still whining about how technology has yet to give us flying cars. One person's quest to help restore sight to the blind using new micro-technology and state-of-the-art prosthesis is making my flying car complaint seem even more whiny by comparison.

San Francisco artist Tanya Vlach lost one of her eyes in a serious car accident in 2005, an accident that put her "centimeters away from death." Thankfully, she survived her ordeal and only lost her eye and instead of settling with a simple prosthetic, she decided to turn her tragedy into a spark that very well could lead to a new revolution in biometric and medical technology.

She posted a plea for funding at Kickstarter and so far has received over $5,000 of the $15,000 she needs to get the project underway. And rather than just have any old electronic eyeball, she's hoping to totally "pimp her eye" out with a fully wireless camera that can operate in light and dark with full pupil dilation, infrared and ultraviolet capabilities, full video facial recognition and even a geo-tagging hookup. If I were going to be building this eye, I'd also put in a special "in-eye" display that lists my daily objectives: "serve the public trust, protect the innocent, buy more Cap'n Crunch."

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