The BBC posted this article describing a 73-year-old man who has been blind for nearly 30 years and is getting his sight back—or something that vaguely resembles sight and is a whole hell of a lot better than not seeing.
He says he can now follow white lines on the road, and even sort socks, using the bionic eye, known as Argus II.
That’s actually pretty impressive given that most of the previous stuff I’ve read here really only involves people seeing colors and lights. There’s two cool videos, one’s an interview with the actual guy using the eye and another explains the basics of how it works, though at a level that you could have probably figured out on your own.
It’s not quite to the point where I can have a chip in my optic nerve which gives me the augmented reality that I’ve wanted since I was about 10, but it’s still damn cool and a really impressive first step. Maybe I’ll get it my wish in my lifetime.