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See it your way

A vision-themed exhibition, ‘See It Your Way,’ has kicked off at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, and will take until the 31st of October, 2021.

Several times a day, NEMO guides give exciting demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies in the museum auditorium, including the brain implants developed via the NESTOR program.

The guides explain how a visual prosthesis can be used to send information about the visual world directly to the brain, which could one day allow blind people to regain enough functional vision to recognize objects and people in their surroundings. On display is a mock-up of a 1024-channel visual prosthesis that was developed at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, providing proof-of-concept for vision restoration.

During each session, the NEMO guide asks a volunteer from the audience to don a pair of VR goggles, and view the world through the NESTOR phosphene simulator application developed at Radboud University. The image seen by the viewer through the headset provides a vividly immersive simulation of what the world would look like to a blind user of a visual prosthesis, and is projected onto a large screen so that the rest of the audience can share the experience with them.

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Roelfsema Group

The Vision and Cognition group is led by Dr. Pieter Roelfsema, also director of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. Research of this group is directed at understanding cortical mechanisms of visual perception, memory and plasticity. One of our goals is to create a visual cortical prosthesis to restore vision in blind people.

 

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