Published August 26, 2011
LONDON – A Canadian filmmaker who lost his eye during a shooting accident as a child has turned his prosthetic eye into a video camera, Sky News reported Friday.
Rob Spence said the technology was like something seen in futuristic movies.
"It wasn't easy but because it's so like [science] fiction, engineers had a lot of fun making it," he said. "I was able to do it without a budget -- it was a fun project for these guys."
The device uses the same technology as a wireless lapel microphone. There is a transmitter and a receiver, however the wireless piece transmits a video signal rather than a sound signal from the tiny camera inside Spence's prosthetic eye.
The device is not connected to his brain and has not restored his vision. Rather, it records everything he sees, sending what he is looking at in real-time to a computer.
Spence was commissioned to make a documentary by the makers of a new video game, "Deus Ex: Human Revolution," which is set in the year 2027 and imagines a world in which cyborgs -- part human, part machine -- are the norm.