A publication of the medical pilot study in the article "Subretinal electronic chips allow blind patients to read letters and combine them to words" by Professor Zrenner and many co-authors in the proceedings of the Royal Society B (publication 1 & 3) has spured global attention on the results with numerous press and television reports (BBC, ITV, Sky, CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Fox, CTV, Al Jazeera ...) and reached about 150 million readers and viewers.
The medical results were achieved by an implant produced by the Retina Implant AG whose most significant component, the Retina Implant Chips, was designed by the IMS in cooperation with the BMBF and the BW Stiftung (publication 3). Contrary to other Retina Implant concepts this chip does not require external imaging and data processing and enables the highest realtime density electrical stimulation points.
Funding: BMBF project funding reference number 01KP0011, BW Stiftung "Retina Implantat Chip"
For futher information on "Retina Implantat and Chip", please refer to:
Press review of Retina Implant AG
1) Subretinal electronic chips allow blind patients to read letters and combine them to words
2) Data Supplement: Subretinal electronic chips allow blind patients to read letters and combine them to words
3) Details on the Technology of the Subretinal
Implant, Clinical Study Design, Results and Spontaneous Reports of Patients including nine Movie Clips on performance