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Randy Atkins: Engineers are already using a camera mounted on eyeglasses to bypass diseased eye cells and help the blind regain some vision. But Michelle Hauer, a University of Southern California engineer, says that can be awkward.
Michelle Hauer: We want to move the camera inside of the eye so that images they acquire move more naturally with their eye movements.
Randy Atkins: She's working on what may become the world's smallest camera.
Michelle Hauer: About a third the size of a Tic Tac.
Randy Atkins: USC researchers hope to insert it in the place of a natural eye lens using common surgical techniques. It won't provide high resolution, but…
Michelle Hauer: How many pixels does a person who's blind really need to start being functional so that they can navigate and recognize faces? It's a much smaller number than you would think.
Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.