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It’s only a matter of time before technology is able to restore vision to those who are completely blind. But some improvement is coming sooner than you think, thanks to Bionic Vision Technologies. During a trial, four Australian patients who had suffered significant vision loss due to degenerative Retinitis Pigmentosa saw notable improvement.

Prior to the trial, the four participants could sense light and dark, but they were unable to even detect a hand moving in front of them. Researchers implanted bionic eyes and the patients could detect objects around them in grayscale, which meant they could navigate without the use of guide dogs or a walking stick.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

Drones Could Be Key to Finding Lost Hikers

Between 2011 and 2014, more than 2,000 search and rescue missions were launched each year as the National Parks Service sought to rescue lost hikers. While many were saved, hundreds died, some due to not being found in time.

Technology may be the answer to that. Finding a lost individual in thousands of miles of tree-covered terrain can be a challenge, especially for the limitations that come with helicopter and ground searches. But through the use of drones, MIT researchers believe lost hikers can easily be spotted so that rescuers can help them. The drones don’t even require GPS ­– they navigate relying on onboard computation and wireless communication.

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Friday, 02 November 2018 00:00

New Museum Showcases Greek Technology

The world’s first computer, first operational robot, and first steam engine are all on display at the recently-opened Kostas Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens, Greece. This is the third technology museum to open in the country since 2003, all opened by Patras University engineer Kostas Kotsanas.

Although they aren’t well-known in Greece, each of the museums has been heavily visited by foreign tourists and have captured the interest of museums and institutions from across the globe. The museum includes more than 300 operating models of ancient Green technological innovations.

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