Australian bionic eye researchers fear a lack of funding will force them to drop one of the most promising research projects in their quest to restore vision to the blind.
As the federal government calls for submissions on how to improve the country’s commercialisation of research, Bionic Vision Australia has had to prioritise its focus. It will now concentrate on low-vision prototypes.
Their holy grail – a high-acuity bionic eye that would allow the blind to read large print and recognise faces – is likely to be shelved within months as there is not enough funding to get through trial stage.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald