A team of Australian researchers developing a bionic eye that could help restore sight to the blind will test a full prototype later in April.
The Monash vision group believes it is on track to be the first in the world to implant a microchip into the brain of blind patients.
A patient will wear glasses with a tiny camera that will act like an eye's retina, the ABC reports.
A pocket processor will then convert these images into electronic signals to be sent to a microchip implant in the brain.
The procedure will insert 650 hair-thin electrodes into the visual cortex.
When fully operationally, the patient will see low resolution black and white images.