Some interesting neurological facts

I’m just reading Dowling’s “Understanding the Brain : From cells, to behaviour, to cognition”. Sometimes I’m surprised by what I’ve forgotten, and sometimes he surprises with facts I hadn’t been aware of  – so just in case you hadn’t heard of them either, I’ll mention a few here as I come across them – and paraphrase portions of the book for their relevance to vision therapy and reconstruction 🙂

It’s a great book : so why not buy a copy !

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Time for a camera prototype… Soon

So, I’m really looking forward to experimenting with these, finally arrived from China. How cheaply could we retrofit a vr headset to include outward facing stereoscopic cameras? How cheaply could we implement a different kind of inward facing eye tracker (I suspect there are far more cost effective and patent free approaches than those currently on the market). No time now, but as soon as possible!

Mittelstandskonferenz at the MOA 2018

Here I am in Berlin, with the Prototype team and a poster. Interesting discussions have been had, but most interesting for me, has been the interest in the project from conference participants who have noticed the strabismic eyes and come over to try it out.

As usual, each person displays subtle but significant differences in the way they perceive the world.

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EyeSkills will be presenting at the 35th CCC

This year, the famous Chaos Communications Congress will be holding its 35th meeting, in Leipzig Germany.

Here is a description of the lecture I’ll be giving:

We mostly see with the mind, and the mind is flexible. For the four hundred million people with Lazy Eye, their brain encountered an installation error when linking both eyes as babies. As a PlanB their brain switched one eye off. I’ll talk a bit about how the visual system works, and how our open-source virtual reality software (backed by social impact lab Leipzig and the prototypefund.de) can hack through that suppression and provide a chance to “re-install” full sight with two eyes.

By providing an open set of tools for creating comparable experiments, our goal is not just to provide a tool, and a set of tools for building more tools, but to provide the basis for one of the world’s largest open-science experiments.

Nobody claims to have predictive scientific models of how the visual system works in its entirety, and that means there is so much more still to discover. In the case of Lazy Eye, some aspects of the visual system are de-activated and/or dormant. What we can do is to comparatively explore which techniques and approaches have which effects on opening visual perceptions, and thereby drive our understanding of the system forward on a theoretical and practical level.

If you’d like to know more, check out www.eyeskills.org and come along to this talk 🙂

How should we keep EyeSkills alive?

EyeSkills is already a complex piece of software, with many thousands of hours poured into its design, execution and testing.  So far, most of these costs have been met privately – after all, this started out as a project to help my son.  In the past six months we have received generous funding from the prototype fund which regards EyeSkills as one of its “lighthouse projects, amongst the most visionary and well executed project we have had”.

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EyeSkills at Bionection 2018!

For the next two days I’ll be in Dresden, promoting EyeSkills at Bionection.

Our presentation will be in Panel 4 (Smart Medical Devices) alongside some very interesting other speakers (https://www.bionection.com/en/program).

 

Git Fight Rules!

As you know by now, EyeSkills is hosted on BitBucket as a git repository.  Git can be pretty confusing if you haven’t had a few years experience with it, but this might help! This is a great set of “Fight Rules” for dealing with common (and not so common) situations!

https://github.com/k88hudson/git-flight-rules