ESA has developed technology for space eye health that could help future astronauts

Credit: ESA
Credit: ESA

News! Artificial intelligence is used by ESA for eye health in space. The space agency is about to create one of the newest technologies for astronauts. The technology is referred to by ESA as Retinal Diagnosis. One of those who worked on the development of this technology is Eóin Tuohy, based at ESA's European Astronaut Center (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, as part of the EAC Spaceship initiative. The European space agency reports that this technology was developed to help diagnose certain astronauts and for eye health in space. ESA claims that Eóin Tuohy was the one that funded this new technology. 

To be clear to everyone, we'll explain below what Eóin Tuohy did for this technology: 

First of all, we know that there are lenses, and one of the types of lenses is the ocular lens. Tuohy helped develop and adapt this lens, thus adapting it for astronauts and the space environment. This new adaptation of Tuohy will be used for routine clinical diagnostic operations. All these technologies, with all the operations for the routine diagnosis will be installed on a tablet, which can be offered to astronauts who will go into space.  Eóin Tuohy states: "The device is attached to the back of an iPad, allowing astronauts to open the camera, record images and send them back to Earth using an application called Everywear, which ESA uses to collect physiological and medical data from astronauts ". 

As you can see in the picture above, the first to test this new technology were two astronauts who know what it means to be in space. The astronauts above are: NASA astronaut Raja Chari (in a chair) and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer (standing). They went to the ESA European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany for retinal diagnostic technology. Eóin Tuohy was quite happy with this presence and said the following: "ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is one of our first subjects. Images sent by him and his NASA colleagues will be entered into a database used to train an AI model so that future changes can be detected early and automatically without the need for medical expertise. Specialized.". 

Credit: ESA / DLR - Retinal Diagnostics device
Credit: ESA / DLR - Retinal Diagnostics device

This technology is used in orbit by astronauts, being used on the tablet. According to ESA, the astronauts who use it now play a very important role in developing AI in this new technology. Eóin Tuohy is now studying the results of the astronauts with the Department of Clinical Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Center DLR, to see if the device is really good, or needs to be slightly improved. 

"While developed for space, this mobile technology has the potential to provide diagnostics in remote and extreme environments on Earth at low cost. Mobile biomedical diagnostic devices, such as these, are likely to emerge both as a facilitator of deep-sea human exploration and as a sustainable model for health care on Earth. " said one of the investors in this technology, Juergen Drescher.

We wish success to all people that work and will use this new technology!

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 14 December 2021, at 08:40 am Los Angeles time

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