Meet Rob Spence, a filmmaker who calls himself the “Eyeborg.” He lost his right eye at age 9 after incorrectly shooting a shotgun. After 26 years, Rob decided to replace his sightless eye with a digital camera.
After sharing his initial eye camera back in 2011, Rob has gotten major upgrades to the design.
While the early model clearly looked like a mass of electronics in his eye socket, Spence’s new camera looks just like a regular eye prosthesis. But behind the facade is a working camera with a built-in micro radio-frequency transmitter. Below are the images that shows his advancements.
The camera isn’t wired to Rob’s nerves, so it doesn’t do the duties of a real eye, but it does record 3-minutes of video at a time (the time limit is due to overheating). Rob can monitor the eye’s “live view” through a handheld screen, and turning the camera on and off if he is done by tapping a magnet against it.
Rob is now working with his development team on getting the camera to record his life for hours at a time. Once that happens, Rob plans to use the eye for more serious documentary film projects that are shot from his exact point of view.