“If you were blind, how would you “see” a photo?”
This is another area where 3D printing can revolutionize people’s lives. Making 3D prints from photographs enables physical representation of imagery. The Singapore based company that is doing this social experiment is called called Pirate3D with easy to use 3D printers. The director of this film short, Marco Aslan tells a story of five people, Gabor, Mario, Meritxell, Yassine and Daniela who have lost their eyesight, yet each has a vivid memory captured in time on a photograph. These photographs were then modeled and printed in 3D allowing each person to re-experience that photograph through touch.
There is a great online chapter covering the Evolution of the Avian Visual System by Scott Husband and Toru Shimizu covering everything from brain evolution in dinosaurs to retinal structure and post retinal pathways.
Also, if evolution of visual systems interests you, don’t forget to read the Webvision chapter Evolution of Phototransduction, Vertebrate photoreceptors and Retina by Trevor Lamb.
Image of Archaeopteryx courtesy: Bryan William Jones, Ph.D. Original appeared here.
There is an excellent editorial, Death by a Thousand Cuts by the former head of FASEB, William T. Talman on the research budget cuts in science. It is well worth your time to read it, consider its content and share with people you know.
The Moran Eye Center is issuing a call for proposals for two different art exhibits related to vision that we are curating: a permanent collection which will be housed in the new Mid-Valley Health Center and an exhibit that will be held at Art Access Gallery from April 17 – May 8th, 2015.
The deadline for the Mid-Valley Moran Eye Center location is Nov. 28th.
The deadline for the Art Access show is January 30th.
Please review the pdf linked here for more information and let us know here in the comments or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Image Credit: Bryan William Jones, Ph.D.
The Knowing Neurons blog has a wonderful post on two of the pioneers of neuroscience, David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel with a little video of neurons from the visual cortex playing while being stimulated and another video of Hubel and Wiesel describing their cat experiment. Its well worth a few minutes of your time.