Dr. Amir Amedi and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have created a device that promises to change the lives of the visually impaired. It is a device that allows blind people to transform sound into vision, that is, to “see” the sound of things.
Basically, the concept had been invented by Peter Meijer, a Dutch researcher, who created an algorithm that has the function of translating the different positions and appearance of objects in different tones.
Now, Amedi’s team has found that these created tones or sounds actually activate the visual cortex (part of the brain responsible for processing visual vision) of blind people, making them able to see.
The areas that are responsible for identifying colors, shapes, location and position and that are activated in normal people when they see something, also work in blind people who use the Amir system.
These patients receive rapid training to learn how to interpret the “soundscape” of objects, people and scenarios. Thus, they are able to locate where each obstacle is, seeing its shape and even its position. With the device, for example, they can read!
Dr. Amedi says that “the brain it’s not a machine sensory, although oftentimes look like one. He is a machine tasks “. It is technology, again, lowering the barriers to the lives of human beings. See below the video that explains a little about the device:
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