Video: Dr. Amir Amedi turns sound and touch into sight

Dr. Amir Amedi of the Hebrew University’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) and its Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) in the Faculty of Medicine is trying to help the world’s 45 million blind people and over 100 million with impaired vision. He is developing new training techniques for veteran sensory substitution devices (SSDs) in collaboration with Peter Meijer, and he is also creating innovative SSD technologies. Dr. Amedi’s lab is using a system that translates what the camera sees into a “magic” algorithm which converts the visual images into sound or touch that can be interpreted by the blind. These approaches can also be used in conjunction with a new multidirectional virtual cane that Amedi’s lab developed recently. And in discovering just how flexible the adult brain actually is, Dr. Amedi believes that the blind and visionary impaired can be taught to harness this plasticity to improve their abilities.

Click below for video clip of Dr. Amedi