Monday, 16 May 2011 10:23
University of Oregon researchers plan to grow "nano-flowers" on tiny metal implants that can be inserted behind the eye to improve vision.
"If our chip works, we will see 100 times better (results) than the current chips," said Richard Taylor the Director of the Material Sciences at the UO.
The big difference in the chips is with the nano-flowers. The current eye implant was trying to join neurons with square shaped chip components and branch-like neurons. In these cases only about 50 out of 5,000 connections would be made.
But the nano-flowers, which are branch-like in shape, theoretically will create many more connections. "You can see the difference in shape with the square things and the branched things....it's like trying to hammer a circular thing into a square hole," Taylor said.
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