PRINT Summer 1989


Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.

—Christ (John 20:29)

RESEARCHERS AT NASA AND at the ophthalmological institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have created a revolutionary pair of eyeglasses. Through fiber optics, two miniature lenses affixed to a frame transmit images to two miniscule video cameras worn around the waist of a person with poor or impaired vision. An electronically processed image is sent back to the glasses, in which the old type of corrective lens has been replaced by screens. The optoelectric system automatically “reads” the wearer’s particular vision problem and corrects the image accordingly. What appears before the wearer is now perfectly clear.

This prosthesis has been tested on remote-control robots and should soon be on the market in the United States. One of several byproducts of military. research into a “vision machine” of the

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