From the 6/8/06 copy of Electronic Design magazine, page 17, entitled "Engineers Work Medical Miracles Every Day"
After describing a breakthrough in which a man was given bionic arms directly wired to his nervous system ("The patient could pick up
dishes and take off his cap"), it talks about getting the blind to see.
"Gene Frantz, one of TI's Principal Fellows, described regenerative vision for a patient suffering from retinitus pigmentosa. Via the artificial
silicon retina coupled with signal processing, the patient could discern a fork and a plate and was able to feed herself.
'She was crying. Then the whole room was crying' says Frantz.
Yes, the junction of electronic design and medical science is truly a place where miracles can occur!"