According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world.
These facts leave no question as to why the brightest minds in science and engineering are setting their sights on vision through new electronics, retinal prosthesis, wearable technologies, and even telescopic contact lenses. Some of the leading research in this field is taking place in Switzerland.
That’s why swissnex San Francisco organized an international scientific symposium on the topic at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, in which Stanford University, EPFL, and ETH scientists showcase the latest prototypes that hold promise for the visually impaired—truly a sight to behold.
Daniel Palanker (Professor, Stanford University)
Giovanni Antonio Salvatore (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Eric Tremblay (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland)
Christian Simm, CEO, swissnex San Francisco (moderator)
Photo: Myleen Hollero