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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

EyePod  
  A generic term for the external computing processing unit needed for eye implants.  

Caitlin Decter is a young girl who is blind - and has her own experience of the Internet through specially build web browsers.

One day, she gets an offer from a Japanese researcher to try a new, experimental procedure to at least partially restore her sight.

Anyway, check it: I've got this transceiver attached to my optic nerve, just behind my left eye. When it's turned on, it'll grab the signals my retina is putting out and transmit them to this little external computer pack I'm supposed to carry around like, forever; I called it my eyePod, and at least that made Dr. Kuroda laugh. Anyway, the eyePod will preprocess the signals, correcting the errors in encoding, and then beam the corrected version to the implant, which will pass the information on back to the optic nerve so it can continue on...
From WWW: Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer.
Published by Ace in 2009
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The procedure gives her a kind of sighted experience - see the entry for websight, also from the book.

For typical real-life examples of this kind of technology, take a look at the Argus II Implant and the Australian Bionic Eye. Each has some sort of external processor for eye implant information.

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  - Neurosecurity Concerns In Neural Implant Tech
  - Implantable Device Security

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