Dr. Peter Meijer of the Netherlands has developed an innovative device called the vOICE that is capable of converting noises into pictures.
Researchers are hopeful that the device will be a great boon to the visually impaired and can possibly replace invasive treatment.
Researchers at the University of Bath in England said that the device allows the user to produce an image and it trains the brain to convert sounds into images.
The visually impaired and partially sighted can use this device as an alternative to invasive treatment. Team leader Dr. Michael Proulx said, "This level of visual performance exceeds that of the current invasive technique for vision restoration, such as stem cell implants and retinal prostheses after extensive training."
Dr. Proulx also said that such sensory replacement devices have a double benefit. Not only do they provide a good form of treatment it can also work well during invasive procedures to direct the brain.