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Bionic Eyes: Helping more than 200 people regain sight

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

A CBS News report, After 20 years of darkness, bionic eye helps blind man see, described how technology helped a man who had been blind regain his vision. The “bionic eye” discussed in the article is not an eye, but rather a system comprised of a pair of glasses, a wearable computer, and implant in his… read more >>

Neuroscience shows blind people can “see” a physical space by listening

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

When individuals lose one of their senses, their other senses often compensate. LiveScience reported on a study that showed brain scans of people who were born blind or lost their sight before the age of three “had heightened senses of hearing, smell, and touch compared to the people in the study who were not… read more >>

Echolocation: helping the blind see with sound 1

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Echolocation uses sound waves and echoes to determine where objects are located in space. It’s an ability shared by a few, select mammals such as bats, dolphins, and some whales. Did you know that humans are also capable of navigation via echolocation? Well, not all humans, but there are some… read more >>

A unique robot takes home big prize in the Amazon Robotics Challenge

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Amazon is changing retail as we know it, and this change is built on efficiency. With more than 50 million items now eligible for free 2-day shipping through their Prime program, the pressure is on. The company is continually looking for ways to reduce the time from when the order is placed… read more >>

90-Minute Eclipse Video To Provide Scientists With Never Before Available Data

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Mathematicians and scientists have used solar eclipses to study the solar system, and more specifically the sun itself, for thousands of years. As The New York Times article, The Illuminating Power of Eclipses, explained, “With the sun obscured, eclipses can be revelatory: Starting at least over 2,000 years ago, they have been fodder… read more >>

NASA’s new technology paralyzes drones that enter restricted areas

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

NASA recently demonstrated a system called Safeguard, which disables a drone if it fails to respond to a warning and enters a designated no-fly zone. It can also impose altitude limits on drones. Mashable declared, “NASA’s drone killer does not play around,” describing how the system can enforce no-fly zones of any size… read more >>

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