Sensory Substitution Device (Or Star Trek VISOR?)
This Sensory Substitution Device gathers visual information using the camera in the center, and then processes this data into sound. Blind users can use this data to identify physical objects and read.
(Sensory Substitution Device by Dr. Amir Amedi)
It appears that the aural information presented to the user of the Sensory Substitution Device is actually interpreted by the same part of the visual cortex that is ordinarily dormant in congenitally blind people.
(VISOR worn by Geordi la Forge)
The VISOR, acronym for Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement, was a medical device used in the Federation to aid patients who have suffered loss of eyesight or who were born blind. The VISOR detected electromagnetic signals across the entire EM spectrum, between 1 Hz and 100 000 THz (TNG: "The Masterpiece Society"), and transmitted those signals to the brain through neural implants in the temples of the individual via delta-compressed wavelengths. The result was a vastly different visual acuity, with VISOR-wearers able to see in the infra-red and ultra-violet ranges, and beyond.
From The large-Scale Organization of “Visual” Streams Emerges Without Visual Experience via io9; thanks to Winchell Chung for the tip on this story.
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