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Postby rath » Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:59 pm

April 22, 2009.

Article from: AAP


THE Australian Government will invest $50 million towards the development of a bionic eye.

The Government announced the funding as part of its response on Wednesday to the 2020 Summit in Canberra a year ago.

It will be available through a competitive grants process.

"The Government is committed to supporting research where Australia is on the leading edge of innovation as a crucial investment in our nation's future,'' it said in its summit response.

"One such area is research into the bionic eye, which is a critical advancement for millions of vision impaired Australians and promises the development of technologies to translate into other areas of need.''



The Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant is a medical device that is implanted into the head behind the ear of a deaf person. When used with a microphone and speech processor it electrically stimulates the auditory nerve and results in the person being able to hear sound. When the system was first developed in 1978 by Graeme Clark it was referred to as the bionic ear. Since that time a variety of cochlear implants have been developed by the Cochlear division of Nucleus.

Cochlear Limited was founded in Australia in 1981 and, since then, has maintained its position as the international leader in the manufacture and sale of Nucleus® cochlear implant systems. (Cochlear, 2000: 2)

Cochlear implants are designed for use by adults and children who are profoundly or severely deaf and get little or no help from hearing aids.

Cochlear's Nucleus implant systems enable hearing impaired people to perceive most environmental sounds and speech. The number of Nucleus® implant recipients worldwide has grown to over 27,000, with more than 13,000 of these being children. (Cochlear, 2000: 2)

The cochlear implant is an example of innovations in design, combined with engineering, information processing and software design and development.

Terminology

It can be a little confusing when reading about the Cochlear implant. The following may help:
Cochlear is the division of the Nucleus company producing cochlear implants.
Cochlear Implant System is an implant developed by Cochlear.

cochlear implants is a generic term for this type of implant, note the lower case c.
The cochlea is a part of the ear, note there is no r on the end of the word.
Bionic ear was a term coined for the cochlear implant — it appealed to the public.
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Postby Lashmar » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:32 am

Which is a critical advancement for millions of vision impaired Australians

That sums Australians up very nicely. :roll:
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Postby CodeBlack » Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:41 pm

We need the "bionic" sound. The one AOL hijacked years ago.
Aaah, here it is: Bionic Sounds
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Postby rath » Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:38 pm

Lashmar wrote:
Which is a critical advancement for millions of vision impaired Australians

That sums Australians up very nicely. :roll:



C'mon ...... why would we care about all thoses peasants who are not Australian.


There are two types of people in this world.

Australian's & all you poor peasants. :mrgreen:
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Postby Lashmar » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:23 am

I suppose someone has to give two flying fucks about you. I know I don’t. :lol:
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Postby CodeBlack » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:34 pm

Well it is time for a dirty peasant revolt. A bionic dirty peasant revolt? I thought all aussies were criminals.
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Postby Lashmar » Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:17 am

they are. :lol:

they just forget. :roll: :lol:
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Postby rath » Fri May 01, 2009 8:31 am

CodeBlack wrote:Well it is time for a dirty peasant revolt. A bionic dirty peasant revolt? I thought all aussies were criminals.


CodeBlack wrote:Well it is time for a dirty peasant revolt. A bionic dirty peasant revolt? I thought all aussies were criminals.


criminals yhe.

It just shows how far some people would go to ((( NOT BE ENGLISH ))) :lol: :lol:

Besides the english never have been very smart.


If they were smart they would have let the Irish & Scottish keep that shit-hole they call england,
& the english would have moved to the Bigger & BETTER .... Australia.

The Transportation of the Scottish & Irish convicts to Australia as a punishment, :lol:
is like punishing Charles Manson, by sending him to Disneyland


But like i said ........ the english never have been very smart. :roll:
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Postby Lashmar » Fri May 01, 2009 8:40 am

being sent to your hell hole would have put me off doing anything.

It's nice for you now but it wasn't for them then.
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Postby CodeBlack » Fri May 01, 2009 3:40 pm

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Prison or Paradise? :?: POV.
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