It has been more than 10 years in the making, but scientists are preparing to implant a 'bionic eye' in a human subject.
Researchers at Monash University have developed wireless implants that sit on the surface of the brain, which are said to restore vision to the blind, the Daily Mail reported.
Called Gennaris bionic vision system, it includes a custom headgear fitted with a camera and wireless transmitter, a vision processor unit and software and a set of 9x9 millimeter tiles that are implanted into the brain.
Studies of the device, used in sheep, were found to be successful and did not produce any adverse health effects.
The team is currently seeking funding to ramp up manufacturing and distribution of the implant, which they say could soon be used to cure other ailments including paralysis.
The Australian scientists are just one of many working towards connecting the brain to a computer, as Elon Musk has also been designing a chip that he demonstrated in pigs recently.