Researchers say theyve created a proof-of-concept bionic eye that could surpass the sensitivity of a human one.
In the future, we can use this for better vision prostheses and humanoid robotics, researcher Zhiyong Fan, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, told Science News.
The eye, as detailed in a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature today, is in essence a three dimensional artificial retina that features a highly dense array of extremely light-sensitive nanowires.
The team, led by Fan, lined a curved aluminum oxide membrane with tiny sensors made of perovskite, a light-sensitive material thats been used in solar cells.
Wires that mimic the brains visual cortex relay the visual information gathered by these sensors to a computer for processing.
The nanowires are so sensitive they could surpass the optical wavelength range of the human eye, allowing it to respond to 800 nanometer wavelengths, the threshold between visual light and infrared radiation.
That means it could see things in the dark when the human eye can no longer keep up.
A human user of the artificial eye will gain night vision capability, Fan told Inverse.
The researchers also claim the eye can react to changes in light faster than a human one, allowing it to adjust to changing conditions in a fraction of the time.
Each square centimeter of the artificial retina can hold about 460 million nanosize sensors, dwarfing the estimated 10 million cells in the human retina. This suggests that it could surpass the visual fidelity of the human eye.
Fan told Inverse that we have not demonstrated the full potential in terms of resolution at this moment, promising that eventually a user of our artificial eye will be able to see smaller objects and further distance.
Other researchers who were not involved in the project pointed out that plenty of work still has to be done to eventually be able to connect it to the human visual system, as Scientific American reports.
But some are hopeful.
I think in about 10 years, we should see some very tangible practical applications of these bionic eyes, Hongrui Jiang, an electrical engineer at the University of WisconsinMadison who was not involved in the research, told Scientific American.
READ MORE: A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes [Science News]
More on bionic eyes: SCIENTISTS PLUGGED A BIONIC EYE DIRECTLY INTO THIS WOMANS BRAIN
Here is the original post:
- International Astrophysics Collaboration Discovers Quasar Jets Are Particle Accelerators Thousands of Light-Years Long - SciTechDaily - June 21st, 2020
- 'Moving from astrophysics to supercomputing was a natural transition for me' - Siliconrepublic.com - June 21st, 2020
- Telescope captures breathtaking new X-ray map of the sky - CBS News - June 21st, 2020
- Scientists are searching the universe for signs of alien civilizations: 'Now we know where to look' - USA TODAY - June 21st, 2020
- Space news: Study says there could be 36 intelligent civilisations in galaxy - 7NEWS.com.au - June 21st, 2020
- Help measure who has the darkest skies in Australia - The Canberra Times - June 21st, 2020
- Researchers have detected a regular rhythm of radio waves with unknown origins - Tdnews - June 21st, 2020
- UR #20: Pointing the Green Bank Telescope | astrobites - Astrobites - June 18th, 2020
- #BlackInAstro: Black Representation in Astro/Physics and the Impact of Discrimination - Astrobites - June 18th, 2020
- Cornerstone of Einsteins Theory of Relativity Confirmed by Astrophysicists Using the Pulsar in a Triple Star System - SciTechDaily - June 18th, 2020
- Einstein's core idea about gravity just passed an extreme, whirling test in deep space - Space.com - June 18th, 2020
- Observation of Excess Events in the XENON1T Dark Matter Experiment - Weizmann Institute of Science - June 18th, 2020
- Quasar jets are thousands of light-years long - Cosmos - June 18th, 2020
- The Antares Star is larger than the Sun, reveals a new map of the atmosphere - Republic World - Republic World - June 18th, 2020
- Mystery of a massive neutron star merger in Milky Way explained by new astrophysics theory - Firstpost - May 20th, 2020
- UWMadison astrophysicists donate computing resources to aid COVID-19 research | WIPAC - Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center - University of... - May 20th, 2020
- Astronomers discover a massive rotating disk galaxy in the early universe - UC Santa Cruz - May 20th, 2020
- Formation of pair of baby planets around their parent star captured in remarkable first - Firstpost - May 20th, 2020
- Biggest influencers in big data in Q1 2020: The top companies and individuals to follow - Verdict - May 20th, 2020
- Embedded in the community: Outstanding physics student is a third-generation ASU student - ASU Now - May 19th, 2020
- Peter Brancazio, Who Explored the Physics of Sports, Dies at 81 - The New York Times - May 19th, 2020
- Scientists have discovered a star that is almost as old as the Universe, is in its last stages of life - Firstpost - May 19th, 2020
- Russian Astrophysicists Trace Neutrinos Mysterious Ghost Particles From Where No One Had Expected - SciTechDaily - May 19th, 2020
- The Weight of the Universe Physicists Challenge the Standard Model of Cosmology - SciTechDaily - May 19th, 2020
- Hot Super-Earth Discovered Orbiting Ancient Star | Astronomy - Sci-News.com - May 19th, 2020
- Exploring Astronomy Club and enduring COVID-19 The Mesa Press - Mesa Press - May 19th, 2020
- Astronomers Find Earth's Closest Black Hole (So Far) - The Wire - May 11th, 2020
- A long-lost type of dark matter may resolve the biggest disagreement in physics - Times Famous - May 11th, 2020
- Student mothers describe increased stressors as COVID-19 mixes home and work - Daily Northwestern - May 11th, 2020
- Search For Intelligent Alien Life: Galaxies That Are More Likely to Harbor Technologically Advanced Civilizations - SciTechDaily - May 11th, 2020
- UWMadison announces its fourth round of cluster hires - University of Wisconsin-Madison - May 11th, 2020
- A mystery solved? Fast Radio Burst detected within Milky Way - News Info Park - May 11th, 2020
- Here's How to Spot the Starlink Satellite Cluster in the Sky This Month - Our Community Now at Maryland - May 11th, 2020
- Astronomers find closest known black hole to Earth, hints of more - KING5.com - May 6th, 2020
- Lessons from above: U of T astronomers help bring the heavens into homes during COVID-19 - News@UofT - May 6th, 2020
- Super Flower Moon 2020: All you need to know about the last super moon of this year - Jagran English - May 6th, 2020
- The Inconstant Universe Weird Findings Point to a New Physics - The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel - April 29th, 2020
- Astronomers Have Watched a Nova Go From Start to Finish For The First Time - ScienceAlert - April 29th, 2020
- Experimenting in the Universe's Laboratory - NC State News - April 29th, 2020
- NSF funds RIT researchers to develop code for astrophysics and gravitational wave calculations - RIT University News Services - April 29th, 2020
- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Inducts 12 Columbia Faculty Members - Columbia University - April 29th, 2020
- WATCH: Eyewitness News talks with NASA astrophysicist about Hubble Space Telescopes 30th Anniversary - Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW) - April 29th, 2020
- Hungry galaxies grow fat on the flesh of their neighbours - UNSW Newsroom - April 29th, 2020
- UAH reports record research results of $109.7 million in 2019: NSF survey - UAH News - April 29th, 2020
- The College honors outstanding academic achievement with 2020 Dean's Medals - ASU Now - April 29th, 2020
- Asteroid set to miss Earth, so there's one less worry - ANU College of Science - April 29th, 2020
- HPU Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized for Research and Innovation - High Point University - April 29th, 2020
- Q&A: Putting the Sky in Everyone's Hands - Physics - April 27th, 2020
- Astronomers Watch a Nova Go From Start to Finish for the First Time - Universe Today - April 27th, 2020
- A Star is Orbiting the Milky Way's Black Hole and Moving Exactly How Einstein Predicted it Should - Universe Today - April 27th, 2020
- New Theory and Space X-Rays - What Does It Entail? - Communal News - April 27th, 2020
- The silliest string-theory alternative yet draws inspiration from video games - The Next Web - April 27th, 2020
- This planetary system's perfect rhythm tells us a lot about how it came to be - The Next Web - April 27th, 2020
- Astronomers Find a Six-Planet System Which Orbit in Lockstep With Each Other - Universe Today - April 27th, 2020
- 5 things to know about Colts new RB Jonathan Taylor - Colts Wire - April 27th, 2020
- This planet is so scorching that metals actually vaporize into the atmosphere - SYFY WIRE - April 27th, 2020
- Infinite Visions Were Hiding in the First Black Hole Images Rings - The New York Times - March 31st, 2020
- How Researchers Produce Sharp Images of a Black Hole - Universe Today - March 31st, 2020
- New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres - CU Boulder Today - March 31st, 2020
- Pollution down, sky clearer: Amateur astronomers have a good time - Hindustan Times - March 31st, 2020
- April's full moon is a supermoon, and rises on the 7th - Brainerd Dispatch - March 31st, 2020
- Mystery of Supermassive Black Holes Shortly After the Big Bang Explanation Discovered - SciTechDaily - March 31st, 2020
- Educational Shows For Kids to Stream From Home - Den of Geek UK - March 31st, 2020
- Universities Space Research Association's Adam Goldstein Named Co-Investigator on NASA's Recently Elected Proposed Mission on LargE Area burst... - March 26th, 2020
- The Mystery of Supermassive Black Hole Formation - AZoQuantum - March 26th, 2020
- The true impact of SpaceXs Starlink constellation on astronomy is coming into focus - The Verge - March 26th, 2020
- Mobile astronomy: Put the Milky Way in your pocket with 'Our Galaxy' smartphone app - Space.com - March 26th, 2020
- An Interview With Matthew Mercer About The Explorers Guide To Wildemount - Forbes - March 26th, 2020
- Scientists Made an Explanation of Why Time Cannot Be Reversed - Somag News - March 26th, 2020
- Birmingham scientist recognised with international physics prize - University of Birmingham - March 16th, 2020
- 'Minor planet' bonanza: 139 new objects discovered beyond Neptune - Space.com - March 16th, 2020
- Here's how a massive new telescope will revolutionize our view of the sun - Space.com - March 16th, 2020
- The universe may have been filled with supermassive black holes at the dawn of time - Livescience.com - March 16th, 2020
- This astrophysicist could become the first non-binary person to lead a major political party in Canada - PinkNews - March 16th, 2020
- We're not saying flee this doomed Earth... but 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI, that's all - The... - March 16th, 2020
- Data Science, AI, and Space Are All Connected for New AAS Fellow Kirk Borne - CSRwire.com - March 16th, 2020
- Hear From Immigrants and Refugees in Their Own Words - The Nation - March 16th, 2020
- Big telescopes join hunt for things that go flash in the night - Science Magazine - February 12th, 2020
- Black holes echoing through spacetime could be telling us they arent what we think they are - SYFY WIRE - February 12th, 2020
- As era of commercial spaceflight dawns, U of T alumna seeks to deliver health care among the stars - News@UofT - February 12th, 2020