In the world of the blind the one eyed man is king.

Scientists at Monash University have developed world first technology that will allow people with vision impairment to see again.!

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Through world-first wireless technology and a computer processor that sits inside the brain, the blind will be able to make out shapes through a series of mapping dots after they put on a pair of sunglasses.

Around 300,000 Australians have substantial vision impairment and around 20,000 are totally blind, according to the Australian Network on Disability.

It is estimated 85 per cent of that 20,000 will have some vision through this prototype-stage technology, compared to only 10 per cent now.

Much like Google Glass, which allows users to take photos from a pair of glasses, the device takes information from a glasses-mounted camera and sends it, via a wireless transmitter, into the brain.

This vision takes the form of basic shapes made of light, much like looking at a line of stars. Bluesky Design Group director Professor Mark Armstrong, who was also involved in designing the Nexus 5 Cochlear Implant for the deaf, said they are hoping to do the first trial on a human by mid next year.

“All indications are the that the technology is working smoothly towards the first implant next year, he said.

“It will enable someone who is completely blind to see edges of tables and footpath in a coarse, dot-type matrix, enough to give them mobility and connect them to their loved ones.

“It is part of a long list of new technologies that will invade the body.

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