8 July 2013
A 'revolutionary' device that helps people use sounds to build images in their brain could be used as an alternative to invasive treatment for the blind, scientists say. Research has been led by Dr Michael Proulx, who is formerly of Queen Mary and now at the University of Bath. Yahoo News reports that Dr Proulx's team included David Brown and Alastair Haigh of QM's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Dr Peter Meijer, a researcher from the Netherlands. Dr Meijer’s creation, The vOICE is a sensory substitution device which trains the brain to turn sounds into images, allowing people to create a picture of the things around them.