Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

EyePod  
  A generic term for the external computing processing unit needed for eye implants.  

Caitlin Decter is a young girl who is blind - and has her own experience of the Internet through specially build web browsers.

One day, she gets an offer from a Japanese researcher to try a new, experimental procedure to at least partially restore her sight.

Anyway, check it: I've got this transceiver attached to my optic nerve, just behind my left eye. When it's turned on, it'll grab the signals my retina is putting out and transmit them to this little external computer pack I'm supposed to carry around like, forever; I called it my eyePod, and at least that made Dr. Kuroda laugh. Anyway, the eyePod will preprocess the signals, correcting the errors in encoding, and then beam the corrected version to the implant, which will pass the information on back to the optic nerve so it can continue on...
From WWW: Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer.
Published by Ace in 2009
Additional resources -

The procedure gives her a kind of sighted experience - see the entry for websight, also from the book.

For typical real-life examples of this kind of technology, take a look at the Argus II Implant and the Australian Bionic Eye. Each has some sort of external processor for eye implant information.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 0 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from WWW: Wake
  More Ideas and Technology by Robert J. Sawyer
  Tech news articles related to WWW: Wake
  Tech news articles related to works by Robert J. Sawyer

EyePod-related news articles:
  - Neurosecurity Concerns In Neural Implant Tech
  - Implantable Device Security

Articles related to Computer
RNA-Based Biocomputing Device
Loihi Chip Mimics Human Brain's Neurons And Synapses
Brain Connected To Internet - ‘Brainternet'
Koniku Kore, Mouse Brain-Based Chip, Detects Explosives

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Nifty New SDS Space Debris Sensor For ISS
'Their radars... could easily pinpoint the debris of the early Space Age.'

NanoRacks Space Station Module Concept Validated
Space junk into space architecture.

Nuclear Drones Could Fly For Years
'I sent my eyes on their rounds and tended my gallery of one hundred-thirty changing pictures...'

SciFiQ Science Fiction Writing Aid
'Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces.'

Robot Only Faster, Not Better, At Recycling
'Whenever a robot finds something it can't identify straight off... it puts whatever it is in the hopper outside your window.'

Poland Starts With 1000 Warmate 'Suicide Drones'
'Royal Security had told the pods to electrocute you or blast you into chum.'

Dream Of Building Your Own Rocket?
Fiorello Bodoni, you inspire all of us.

Elon Musk Fears A 'Fleet-Wide Hack' Of Autonomous Vehicles
'Khan grinned. 'It's alive! Bu-wahhahahah!''

China Melts Tibetan Permafrost To Plant Forest
'Can you give us a microwave spotlight?'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.