A B O U T
The BrainPort Vision Device aids the visually impaired to perceive their surroundings by enhancing their tastebuds. Consisting of a frame camera and an electro tactile array, the user is able to interpret their environment by feeling the stimuli on the surface of their tongue. More specifically, the pictures captured on the camera that is mounted on framed glasses are converted to a pattern of electronic impulses and then sent to the electro tactile array which is attached to the user’s tongue. The impulses are then sent to the different sensory centers of the brain for interpretation.
It may seem strange at first, but the visually impaired who have tried this device were able to make out shapes and people after a while of practice. This marks a monumental peak in technology, especially in the sensory aspect.
A D V A N T A G E S
- Able to aid the visually impaired into “seeing” or sensing their surroundings
- Enable the visually impaired to be more independent in life
- The device can be used for not just the visually impaired, but people with other conditions as well, such as quadriplegia.
- Users can operate it independently with a handheld controller
- It uses a rechargeable battery
D I S A D V A N T A G E S
- The usage of tastebuds in the tongue it is slightly inconvenient especially during mealtimes when the device needs to be removed.
- Debates have said that this device doesn’t really let the user see objects, but instead only perceiving them in their brain
- This technology cannot be adapted to work on senses the brain does not already have.
- The BrainPort requires daily usage in order for the brain to register this sensation and better identify the body’s surroundings using this method.
- The cost of the device is $10,000 so it cannot be afforded by many
- A minor side effect will be the metallic taste from the electro tactile array