About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of bionic-vision.org is to provide the public with accurate and timely information about the current state of sight restoration technology and its prospect as a treatment option for severe blindness.

Brain interfaces such as neuroprostheses hold great promise for restoring vision to people who have been blinded by degenerative disease of the eye as well as injury or trauma to the visual cortex.

However, clinical experience has shown that the vision restored by current devices differs substantially from normal sight. To avoid hyperbole and misinformation, an independent platform is needed.

The hope is that this platform will serve as an information hub about bionic vision not just to the public but also to newcomers to the field. The public deserves to know about the prospect of bionic vision - its promises, but also its shortcomings and limitations.

Who We Are

This platform started as a Summer Project in 2020 at UC Santa Barbara.

Under the guidance of Prof. Michael Beyeler of the Bionic Vision Lab, a diverse team of undergraduate students from computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and engineering developed the first prototype in roughly 3 months. Since then, numerous contributors from around the globe have added to the content, web design, and accessibility of the site.

You can see a list of all current contributors here.

Verification Process

In serve of our mission, the content on this platform has been independently vetted by leading experts in the field. To ensure transparency and accountability of our content, every article contains the following metadata:

  1. Authored by: A list of people who have contributed to the article's content. New articles are typically created either by core members of the Content Team or upon request by the community.
  2. Verified by: A list of people who have independently verified the accuracy of the article's content, including the date on which the verification occurred.

We aim to include all companies and research groups that have contributed to the bionic vision community. If you think that somebody is missing, please get in touch.

License

All our content (unless otherwise noted) is licensed under CC-BY 4.0.