Mike Ciarciello has been blind since birth, but thanks to University of Montreal's neuropsychologist Maurice Ptito, he may soon "see" by using his tongue!
At the University of Montreal, researcher Daniel Chabat prepared Ciarciello to walk for the first time through an obstacle course without his cane. Chabat began by mounting a small camera on Ciarciello's forehead. The camera sends electrical impulses about what it sees to a small grid placed on his tongue.
"It's a concept in which you replace a sense that was lost by another one that is there," said Maurice Ptito, the neuropsychologist supervising the study. "They sense the world through their tongue, and that gives them the feeling of seeing. You don't see with your eyes. You see with your brain."
Link | Maurice Ptito's Website - via Fortean Times