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."Source: sot/Getty Images