Technology foundation STW has approved six big research programs leading to innovative technologies. The programs aim for an energy-efficient Internet of Things, healing arthrosis, more efficient protection against floods, better medical image support, new ways of taming light and a brain prosthesis enabling blind people to see again. STW provides approximately €17 million. Start-ups, SMEs and big organizations such as NXP, Philips, ASML and Thales invest over €8 million.

One of the programs is NESTOR – NEuronal STimulation fOr Recovery of function. The main goal of this program is enabling blind people to see again. The NESTOR consortium includes neurobiologists and engineers specialized in micro-electronics and wireless appliances. They want to develop a prosthesis which stimulates blind people’s brain using micro-electrodes connected to a camera. To achieve this, the next four years the consortium will work on four research goals: an optimum design of the brain prosthesis, methods to provide wireless power to the prosthesis, ways of data transfer and algorithms in order to use minimum com­puting power for maximum conversion from information by camera images to useful signals for the brain. This consortium contains among others Program leader is dr. P.R. Roelfsema (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience).

Subsidy: €2.200.000,-

Partners: Elitac; Radboud University; ReSnap; TMSi; VicarVision

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