A prototype of FlatScope, a neural Prosthesis that might help to restore sight and hearing in humans. | Rice University

Tiny Neural Prosthesis Could Help to Restore Vision and Hearing in Humans

FlatScope would be implanted between the skull and cortex in order to communicate with functioning areas of the brain that can process sight and sound.

Published On 07/17/2017
7:44 PM EDT
T T he Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a US Department of Defense agency responsible for the development of emerging technologies for the military, often puts together dream teams to solve significant challenges that extend beyond national defense concerns. The $45 million program “Big Mechanism,” for example, facilitates cancer research, while “Safe Genes” aims to inhibit unwanted gene editing.
Rice University engineering professors (from left) Ashok Veeraraghavan, Jacob Robinson, and Caleb Kemere are part of a DARPA program to create a high-resolution, wireless neural interface that can be implanted on the cortex. | Rice University
FlatCam, a lens-less small and thin camera, is shown next to a coin. | Jeff Fitlow, Rice University