08 Sep 2021
Australian Bionic Visual-Spatial Prosthesis For The Blind Receives Government Funding
ARIA, the Australian bionic visual-spatial prosthesis for the blind project, has received government funding. The project is a partnership of ARIA Research Pty Ltd, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, and World Access For The Blind - Australia Ltd.
ARIA is a breakthrough bionic medical device that delivers high-fidelity visual-spatial perception for blind people. ARIA makes possible new levels of autonomy for Australia’s 600,000 blind & vision impaired citizens and for over 337 million blind/vision impaired people globally. The partners have delivered a validated point of care with blind users demonstrating sufficiently detailed spatial understanding of an unfamiliar space to describe & navigate it, and accurately identify, locate & grab objects. This project will enable ARIA to undertake preclinical evaluations, build early prototypes, undertake preclinical trials, and prepare for future clinical trials.
ARIA Research has completed and validated its Proof of Concept Bionics system, and in 2021 is undertaking Prototyping and formal Clinical Validation with blind users.
The ARIA project has been granted $2.6 million from the government to undertake preclinical evaluations, build early prototypes, undertake preclinical trials, and prepare for future clinical trials.