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In 2002 researchers in Austraila announced the creation of a bionic eye. That model required the user to wear a pair of spectacles with a camera that would transmit signals to a retinal implant that was made up of an array of 16 eletrodes. The results were as expected with those trials. The image resolution was 10×10, and allowed the user to know if their surroundings were dark or light, and detect some movement.

2003 saw 3 people in the US fitted with a bionic eye.

Now the newer model is fit to be tested. It is the same basic device, but instead of the handful of electrodes that allow 10×10, the upgrade has 50 to 100 electrode sensors. It still won’t provide normal vision, but as said by Professor Dagnelie:

“We are hoping this will be enough for the person to be able to make their way through a building, find a door or window and avoid obstacles for example.

“To us, the images look very basic but for someone who was previously blind they are a massive step forward.”

Old article describing model with 10×10 resolution.
2005 Article