UNSW researchers have unveiled the microchip which is expected to power Australia's first bionic eye.
A functioning bionic eye is a step closer to reality after the federal government awarded $42 million in funding to a consortium including leading UNSW researchers.
Bionic eye technology developed at UNSW is giving Sydney a glimpse of the future in an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.
A prototype bionic eye developed at UNSW could be ready for human trials by 2012 following the announcement of a national research collaboration.
UNSW's new Centre for Implantable Bionics will place the university at the forefront of research in a vital new medical field.
A working bionic eye could be an Australian world first by 2020 if action is taken quickly, leading researchers at the University of New South Wales say.