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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- With 1.2 million people in the United States living with complete vision loss, a new device called Brainport is offering blind individuals hope for a brighter future.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June of 2015, the Brainport devices records an individual’s surroundings using a tiny camera embed in a pair of glasses. Once the camera has recorded the footage, the person will place an apparatus in their mouth. The apparatus creates a pixilated image on the tongue, and this sends a message to the brain. The brain interprets this message—much like how our brain interprets the images seen by our eyes—and allows blind individuals to see a generalized picture of their surroundings.

While the Brainport device is not a cure to blindness, it will allow those with vision loss the opportunity for increased mobility and ultimately increased independence.

Executive Director of Vision Rehab Center Ozarks Wendy Jackson joined us in the FOX 2 Studio this morning to demonstrate this revolutionary technology.