Intracortical Visual Prosthesis

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The Intracortical Visual Prosthesis is currently being developed at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is being prepared for clinical testing.

Background

The current approach for the ICVP consists of multiple stimulation modules implanted into the brain's occipital lobe, controlled and powered, transcutaneously, by an extracoporeal transmitter unit placed outside of the head. These stimulation modules are about a tenth the size of a penny, and each contains an array of 16 electrodes that serve to transmit information to and from the brain. Each module is called a wireless floating microelectrode array (WFMA) and receives its power and digital commands wirelessly.

Device Specifications

  • Number of electrodes: 16
  • Image processor location: external

Clinical Trials