New “Eyeball Cam” Aims to Stream Man’s Entire Life Online

By Boonsri Dickinson | March 9, 2009 12:43 pm

eyeborg_660x.jpgMove over all you Webcasters who stream your life on Justin.tv. Now, 36-year-old filmmaker Rob Spence claims to have a better way of filming his life — he wants to implant a wireless video camera in his eye socket, to record (and reveal to the whole world) everything he sees.

After a shotgun accident cost Spence an eye at age 13, he eventually had his eye surgically removed and replaced with a prosthetic one. And now he sees a way to exploit his loss of sight by essentially creating a video crew in his eye socket.

Of course, actually building an eye camera is quite a feat of engineering. It involves getting a tiny camera (8 square mm for an imaging sensor) into a prosthetic eye, then figuring out how to relay images with a wireless transmitter on a circuit board, and finally streaming the whole thing live on the Internet.

Spence is currently working with the University of Toronto’s Steve Mann, the inventor of Sousveillance, a wireless technology that uses a wearable Webcam that records a person’s experience, to create this so-called “eyeborg.”

Mann doesn’t think working out all the technical kinks is going to be easy. But Spence is willing to work it all out, even if it means wearing another transmitter on his belt to strengthen the signal, and carrying a backpack loaded with a hard drive that would send data to a computer to be uploaded in real time.

As for the rest of us, don’t worry about running into Spence at a restroom or locker room: He insists that the video camera will be turned off in those situations. For privacy’s sake, let’s hope he’s telling the truth.

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Image: The Eyeborg Project

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Technology Attacks!
MORE ABOUT: camera, eye, internet, video
  • http://eclecticuniverse.googlepages.com/home Blue Fire

    Spence is a true visionary. Eye wish him luck!

  • Junior

    Very cool, I thouhgt Justin broke the barrier with Justin.tv, this is really taking it to the max, wish him luck!

  • Sagar

    Thank You for providing Such information on this topic ……….

    Can you provide more information on this topic….. I am a Last Year I.T Engg Student doing Reasearch on this topic….

    I ll be very thankful you …….

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