Haptics Can “Lend a Hand” to a Bionic Eye

  • Barry Richardson
  • George Van Doorn
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6191)


Here we argue that haptics (touch and kinaesthesis) can play a key role in the development of a bionic eye. Tactile displays can supplement and complement the incomplete information that a visual prosthetic will offer the brain in early stages of the prosthetic’s development. Kinaesthetic inputs give the brain feedback about motor activities that correlate with both visual and tactile inputs, and are critical for perceptual competency. Haptic inputs can also help “teach” the new visual sense to respond to stimuli that are initially indiscriminable and enable cross-calibration of inputs to strengthen multimodal cortical connections. By using haptics to supplement and complement inputs from a visual prosthetic, a bionic eye can develop more quickly than did the Bionic Ear.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Richardson
    • 1
  • George Van Doorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Bionics and Cognitive Science Centre, School of Humanities, Communications and Social SciencesMonash UniversityChurchillAustralia

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