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Man Turns Prosthetic Eye Into Camera, Films Documentary!

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Such an inspiration!

Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence was blinded in the right eye as a teenager and now he's using his deficiency to debut new technology.

"I want to turn my prosthetic eye into a wireless video camera," said Spence.

His goal is to use his high-tech eye to film interviews for a documentary on the global spread of surveillance cameras, but the subject will not feel uncomfortable because they won't know they are on camera.

"When you bring in a camera, people change," he continued.

The camera is being designed by engineering professor Steven Mann. It will be the size of a pea with a battery and a wireless transmitter that can be inserted in the prosthetic eye.

"What happens is whatever you experience is transmitted, so it's like you're inside the person's head," said Mann.

Spence is currently writing about the project on his blog Eyeborg.

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12 comments to “Man Turns Prosthetic Eye Into Camera, Films Documentary!”



  1. 1

    this is the creepest thing i've seen in days….



  2. 2

    "When you bring in a camera, people change". True enough. A camera eroticizes any environment once it is discovered. He fails to mention, however, that the camera operator changes the environment as well by covertly filming. Only double-blind filming (where no one knows they're being filmed) will capture an unaltered environment. His premise is therefore false. Any traditional wireless hidden camera would work as well for his purposes. In addition, a false eye is easily detected by any casual observer, immediately drawing your attention to it - the very opposite of what is necessary for covert filming. It's a cool piece of technology but less than useless in this application.



  3. 3

    FUCKED UP. wutta creeper. invasion of privacy much?



  4. 4

    My Perezcious has come up with an alternative use for that eye socket. Let's just say that Mr. Spence would be "keeping an eye out" for the Perezcious.



  5. 5

    A hidden camera in a button will do just fine, plus we don't get the annoying blinking over the footage



  6. 6

    yeah- cuz talking to a guy with a fucked up cyborg eye is way more comfortable than having a camera in the room, and yeah- he gets to get cancer in his brain now along with not having an eye. so cool.



  7. 7

    Ok - that's so cool!



  8. 8

    too intrusive for me



  9. 9

    Lol. Sorry. He just looks so crazy.



  10. 10

    if thats what the camera will look like then you have to be stupid not to know its a camera



  11. 11

    "Peek-a-boo! I film you!"



  12. 12

    Jesus, so many hateful comments. Sometimes I hate the world. I'd like to check this out - they'd be looking directly at the camera and not know it.