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OET Declares Second Sight Request for Waiver of Rule Section 15.209(A)

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Released: July 20, 2011


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DA 11-1213

Released: July 20, 2011


ET Docket No. 11-123

Comment Date: August 19, 2011
Reply Comment Date: September 2, 2011

On May 27, 2011, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Second Sight) filed a request for waiver of
Section 15.209(a) of the Commission's rules to allow the marketing and operation of its retinal prosthesis
known as the Argus II TM Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II). Second Sight states that the device
provides electrical stimulation of the eye's retina to produce light patterns in the brain's visual cortex,
thereby restoring a level of functional vision to persons suffering from vision loss due to untreatable
retinal degenerative disease. The system consists of a neurostimulator surgically implanted on the eye, a
pair of eyeglasses housing a miniature video camera, and an external video processing unit connected to
the eyeglasses via cable. The video camera captures images that are converted into instructional signals
by the video processing unit and are sent back to the eyeglasses to be wirelessly transmitted to the
Section 15.209(a) of the Commission's rules limit the emissions of unlicensed intentional radiators
operating within the 1.705-30 MHz band to a field strength of 30 V/m measured at a distance of 30
meters. Second Sight states that the device's data and power transmissions from the eyeglasses to the
implant, which are both carried on the 3.156 MHz operating frequency, produce a maximum field
strength of 93 V/m at 30 meters. Second Sight asserts a waiver of this rule is necessary because at its
current emission levels, the Argus II's operating range is limited to 20 millimeters, and lowering the
power requirements to make the device comply with this rule would render the device ineffective. In
order to provide for planned design enhancements, Second Sight requests we waive Section 15.209(a) to
allow current and future generations of the Argus II to operate with emissions not to exceed 119 V/m at
a measurement distance of 30 meters.
The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) is reviewing the waiver request. OET has
concluded that in order to develop a complete record on the complex issues presented by this request, this
proceeding will be treated, for ex parte purposes, as "permit-but-disclose" in accordance with Section
1.1200(a) of the Commission's rules, subject to the requirements under Section 1.1206(b).
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.415, 1.419, interested
parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this

document. Comments may be filed: (1) using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System
(ECFS), (2) through the Federal Government's eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by submitting paper copies.
See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
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Paper Filers: Parties that choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.
If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
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Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary
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large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. Parties
should also send a copy of their filings to Aole Wilkins, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal
Communications Commission, Room 7-A232, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554, or by e-mail
to Parties must also serve one copy with the Commission's copy contractor, Best
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Office of Engineering and Technology contact: Aole Wilkins at (202) 418-2406.
By the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology

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