Talk about entering cyborg territory: A Canadian filmmaker says he plans to install a mini camera in his prosthetic eye.
While it seems awkward to write about a man who is missing an eye, the idea of placing a camera in that empty eye socket not only breathes a sci-fi scent, it leads to the question of whether more people walking in public… – without losing one less eye – they’re staring at us with these cleverly unobtrusive devices. In what may become a trend in the not-too-distant future, Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence, known for his anti-surveillance documentaries, plans to install a mini camera on his prosthetic eye.
Why? According to Spence, continue to make documentaries and raise awareness about surveillance in society. Called The Eyeborg projectSpence’s “bionic eye” is made up of a mini camera, a wireless transmitter, and a battery, all mounted on a small circuit board. According to the press kit, Spence, 36, had his eye surgically removed after enduring ten years of pain; Originally, the eye was badly damaged in a shotgun accident when he was 13 years old. Now living in Toronto, Canada as a filmmaker, Spence enlisted the help of former engineer Kosta Grammatis and a team of ocularists, inventors, and engineering specialists to create the “bionic eye.”
Building the eye proved to be difficult from an engineering point of view, so Kosta Grammatis set out to discover and implement the smallest, lightest, and most energy-efficient technologies. Thus, the prosthetic eye features the world’s smallest CMOS camera – 1.5mm square to be exact, or as Spence puts it, “small enough to get lost in a sneeze.” The video signal is transmitted wirelessly, picked up by an external RF transmitter smaller than the tip of a pencil eraser. The entire “bionic” package is powered by lithium polymer battery technology, however Grammatis said it expected the data to be sent and recorded via a backpack in the future. In no way does the device connect to your nerves or brain.
“Originally, the idea was to make a documentary about surveillance. I thought I would become a kind of superhero… fighting for justice against surveillance, ”Spence said. Reuters. “In Toronto there are 12,000 cameras. But the strange thing I discovered was that people didn’t care about surveillance cameras, they were more concerned about me and my secret camera eye because they feel like it’s a worse invasion of their privacy. ”
Frankly, they are right. Technologies that allow humans to enter private areas and record private situations, be it changing clothes or classifying financial information, should be prohibited despite their general purpose. While Spence claims that he does not intend to serve as a “life launcher” – that is, to film himself and others on a “reality show” setting, he ensured that the camera would be turned off when not needed. Still, how tempting would it be to simply roll one eye and silently record the woman’s cleavage across the room? Ultimately, Spence and Grammatis may be treading dark territory, especially if the government gets a sense of what the device can do.
Spence is currently working on a documentary about Project Eyeborg and his experience of living with the bionic eye. Move over, Steve Austin.