Science artice gains widespread international media coverage

Our recently published results in Science on the efficacy of using a 1024-channel neuroprosthesis for the generation of artificial vision gained coverage in national and international media, including CNN, NOS, NPO, RTL, Scientific American, New Scientist, Trouw, de Volkskrant, and AD.

The paper gave rise to >300 items in the popular press across more than 51 countries, with a total potential reach of >1.4 billion people.

Here are some of the highlights:




Tijd voor Max

NPO Start

NPO Radio 1

NOS Journal



Scientific American

New Scientist

New Scientist (NL)

NOS Nieuwsradio

RTL nieuws

FBR Smart Brief

Review of results from Orion study

Scientists have long dreamed of restoring vision in blind individuals by stimulating the visual cortex, bypassing malfunctioning eyes to directly deliver information to higher visual centers (Bosking et al., 2017). Beauchamp et al. (2020) used electrical stimulation of the visual cortex to produce visual percepts in blind human subjects, using innovative current steering and sequential stimulation techniques to create recognisable shapes such as letters of the alphabet. In our review of Beauchamp et al.’s work, ‘Writing to the Mind’s Eye of the Blind,’ published in Cell, we discuss their ground-breaking results, and their implications for the field of visual cortical prosthetics:

Review on the future of neurotechnology

Recent advances in neuroscience and technology have made it possible to record from large assemblies of neurons and to decode their activity to extract information. At the same time, available methods to stimulate the brain and influence ongoing processing are also rapidly expanding. These developments pave the way for advanced neurotechnological applications that directly read from, and write to, the human brain. While such technologies are still primarily used in restricted therapeutic contexts, this may change in the future once their performance has improved and they become more widely applicable.

In this review article, ‘Mind Reading and Writing: The Future of Neurotechnology,’ published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, we provide an overview of methods to interface with the brain, speculate about potential applications, and discuss important issues associated with a neurotechnologically assisted future:

Science article on the successful generation of artificial vision

Recent discoveries from NESTOR Project 3 show that newly developed high-resolution implants in the visual cortex make it possible to recognize artificially induced shapes and percepts. The findings were published in Science on 3 December.

When electrical stimulation is delivered to the brain via an implanted electrode, it generates the percept of a dot of light at a particular location in visual space, known as a ‘phosphene.’ Our team developed high-resolution implants consisting of 1024 electrodes and implanted them in the visual cortex of two sighted monkeys. The monkeys successfully recognised shapes and percepts, including lines, moving dots, and letters, using their artificial vision. 

This research lays the foundations for a neuroprosthetic device that could allow profoundly blind people to regain functional vision and to recognize objects, navigate in unfamiliar surroundings, and interact more easily in social settings, significantly improving their independence and quality of life.