night-vision-human-eyesOkay, so this might just come up as little freaky, but, a group of autonomous researchers announced this week that they have attained success in inducing night vision in a human test subject through injecting a liquid solution straightaway in the eyeball…

A biohacker group based out of California, known as Science for the Masses, posted an open-source research document stating the experiment. The night-vision solution used in the experiment contained a substance known as Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which is found in a deep-sea fish. The Chlorin e6 (Ce6) consists of light-intensifying properties and the substance has also been used for some cancer treatments.

night-vision-human-eye-injectionApparently the researchers used some sort of scaled-down turkey baster to infuse Chlorin e6 into the eyeballs of the volunteer human test subject named Gabriel Licina, who is a biochemical researcher with the Biohacker group. The liquid substance was dropped into the conjunctival sacs, which channeled the Ce6 into Licina’s retinas.

According to the research document, the effect came into form within an hour and stayed for undefined “many hours,” providing Licina with night-vision or low-light vision, up to a range of almost 50 meters. To measure the effect, Licina along with a control group consisting of four other researchers executed an array of vision assessments in a pitch-black field.

“Three forms of subjective testing were performed,”  the group’s medical officer Jeffrey Tibbetts mentions in the report, which is co-authored with Licina. “These consisted of symbol recognition by distance, symbol recognition on varying background colors at a static distance, and the ability to identify moving subjects in a varied background at varied distances,” he says.

Interestingly, during the experiment Licina was able to look and identify objects, symbols and people in the dark field that wasn’t spotted by others: “The Ce6 subject consistently recognized symbols that did not seem to be visible to the controls. The Ce6 subject identified the distant figures 100 percent of the time, with the controls showing a 33 percent identification rate,” says Tibbets.

The research team also has plans to follow up the first test with many more meticulous experiments, hopefully achieving better on the intensity of the light amplification realized. Photo credit: Science for the Masses.

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