Tag: eye

Inject Google into your eyeball

13534691._SX540_Search engine Google appears to believe there are people out there who are willing to having things injected into their eyeballs.

Google has filed a patent for a vision-correcting electronic device, This sounds pretty good until you discover it has be injected directly into your eye.

Google said that the device is designed to help the focusing of light onto the retina, resulting in the correction of poor vision. It will contain its own storage, radio and lens and will apparently be powered wirelessly from an energy harvesting antenna. Good vision is better than a poke in the eye with a short stick after all.

Knowing Google it will probably force you to see advertising, or some other atrocity, but its biggest problem is that it will have to be injected. This is probably one of the worst nightmares anyone can have.  It is all fun and games until someone has their eye out.

Although Google has filed the patent, that’s no guarantee that we’ll see the idea come to life anytime soon, or even at all.


SAP boss loses an eye after fall

70_McDermott_BillThe maker of expensive esoteric software which no one really knows what it does, lost his eye and nearly his life after a fall at his home.

SAP boss Bill McDermott, 54 was walking down stairs at night carrying a glass of water in his left hand when he slipped and landed on the tumbler.

McDermott almost bled to death after cutting up his face and shattering his eye socket in the midnight fall.

German magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported Doctors couldn’t save his left eye despite their best efforts.

The chief exec said he was still alive, and that’s not a given after such a bad accident.

“This can happen to anyone. It’s important to stand up after you’ve fallen down.”

Plattner drew up a contingency plan for the future leadership of SAP just in case McDermott quit as a result of his injuries, but it looks like he will pull through.


Inkjet can print eye cells

Neuroscientists at Cambridge University have come up with a more interesting use for their Inkjet printer other than printing photos of the lab’s Christmas party.

According to the British journal Biofabrication, which we get for the spot the fabrication competition, the team used an inkjet printer to print cells from the eye, making a practical step in the quest to grow replenishment tissue for damaged or diseased organs.

Researchers at England’s extracted two types of cells from rat retinas and squirted them through a printer nozzle to see if they survived.

Apparently the rats’ retinas were healthy after being “printed,” retaining their ability to survive and grow.

What the Cambridge boffins Keith Martin and Barbara Lorber believe is that they could use this technique to build artificial tissue in layers.

This is the first time that the technology has been used to successfully print mature cells from the central nervous system, the scientists said. They cautioned, however, that much work lay ahead.

What they want to do is build retinal tissue for people suffering from degenerative diseases of the eye as the loss of nerve cells in the retina is a feature of many blinding eye diseases.

“The retina is an exquisitely organised structure, where the precise arrangement of cells in relation to one another is critical for effective visual function,” they said in a press release.

The team used a piezoelectric inkjet printer head, which expelled so-called glia cells and retinal ganglion cells from adult lab rats through a single nozzle less than one millimetre (0.04 of an inch) across.

Inkjet fluid has a narrow margin of error in terms of viscosity and surface tension before it stops working. Adding cells to the liquid had the potential to make a real mess.

The only thing wrong with the technique is that there was a large loss in the number of cells sinking to the bottom of the fluid reservoir where they could not be printed. The cells that were printed were undamaged and could grow. 

Digital eye glass inventor at odds with French McDonalds staff

The inventor of the digital eye glass, Dr Steve Mann, claims he was assaulted by French McDonald’s staff for wearing his invention.

Mann wears his computer vision system, and carries a letter from his quack, as well as documentation, when he travels.

It must look a bit odd. The invention consists of a strip of aluminium that runs across the forehead, with two silicone nose pads. This holds an EyeTap device that causes the eye itself to function as if it were both a camera and display.

All was fine until he made the grave mistake of taking his invention and family to Paris.

Mann then compounded the matter by entering a McDonalds. France is a bit like Italy, you only go into a McDonalds if you are a foreigner because the locals are a little more picky about what they eat. So if you want to be rude to a foreigner an American fast food restaurant in either Paris, Marseilles or Rome is the place to work.

Anyway he was standing in line at McDonalds, when he was stopped by an employee who asked about his eyeglass.

He showed his doctor’s letter and the documentation.

After seeing the letter the McDonalds employee accepted him as a customer, and left him to place his order.

Then it all seemed to turn ugly. Mann claims another person within McDonalds physically assaulted him while he was eating his McDonald’s Ranch Wrap.

“He angrily grabbed my eyeglass, and tried to pull it off my head. The eyeglass is permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools,” Mann wrote in his blog.

Mann showed him the letter from his doctor and the documentation he had. The staffer brought two other people – one was was holding a broom and dustpan, and wearing a shirt with a McDonald’s logo on it. After reading the note one of the McDonalds staff angrily crumpled and ripped up the letter from the doctor and his other documentation was also destroyed by the other one.

When Mann tried to see a name tag on one of the bloke’s lapels, he  turned it around and flung him out into the street.

The photographs of the incident were recorded because when the glasses are damaged they buffer all the images. These he censored a bit to protect the guilty and stuck on his bog.

McDonald’s in Paris has not answered Mann’s complaints and so far has not spoke to the press about the incident.

Mann is concerned that if his technology becomes a little more mainstream, thanks to things like Google Glasses, then there could be a lot of Americans or Canadians who wear them being assaulted in branches of McDonalds everywhere. 

Apple claims to own the letter i

Apple is going the way of Intel and insisting that it has invented things that sound like the letter i.

According to AP, a Kiwi who came up for a case which keeps mobile phones from getting wet wanted to trademark the idea by dubbing it the “driPhone”.

Hayden Crowther, of Hamilton, New Zealand, created the driPhone as a sturdy, waterproof case for smartphones of all flavours. But Apple is opposing the trademark claiming that the letter and the sound that the letter i makes was actually invented by Steve Jobs.

It does not seem to have a problem with him using the letter y with the i sound and has asked him to call the case the dryPhone.

Apple hired Wellington-based patent and trademark attorney firm Henry Hughes to oppose the driPhone trademark in New Zealand. Crowther thought there was “little weight” to Apple’s opposition and that Cupertino was going through the motions to preserve its position.

Apple thinks that the driPhone name “would be likely to deceive or cause confusion” and was “contrary to New Zealand law” – although dryPhone was not.

The letter said that the “the applicant’s trademark, or an essential element of it, is identical or similar to a trademark that is well-known in New Zealand [iPhone]”.

Crowther is planning to tell Apple to go forth and multiply and he does not want to rebrand because the y takes more space than an i.

He was also continuing with his plans to register the trademark in the rest of the world.

Apple is not the only company to claim that it owns the letter i. Intel had a go at it a while back but was not successful.