03.03.2010

Blind soldier uses tongue to help him see

Blind soldier uses tongue to help him see

By Adrian Galbreth

A soldier who lost his sight is testing out a new technology for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) which allows him to "see", contact lens wearers have learned.

Craig Lundberg is trialling the BrainPort sensory device, which consists of a pair of glasses with a camera attached.

The images recorded by the glasses are sent to sensors on a pad which rests on Mr Lundberg"s tongue, giving him a form of vision.

Mr Lundberg commented: "I think it is a fantastic idea and I am truly honoured to have been asked to try it out.

"It is a big responsibility on my part."

He has been without his sight since he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in a rooftop firefight in Iraq nearly three years ago.

Prince William recently showed his support for the UK"s blind ex-servicemen and women by taking a tour of St Dunstan"s new training and rehabilitation Centre in Llandudno.

by Adrian Galbreth


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