26. August 2011 10:27
A Canadian film-maker who lost an eye as a child has used a tiny video camera in a prosthetic eye to film scenes from his own viewpoint.
Rob Spence from Toronto has made a documentary film about the progress towards a ‘cyborg’ society, using wireless technology to illustrate how a camera might be built into the human body.
In a customised system developed by engineers as a special project, a tiny camera inside Spence’s prosthetic eye transmits visual signals wirelessly to a receiver.
Spence commented: “It wasn’t easy but because it's so like fiction, engineers had a lot of fun making it. I was able to do it without a budget – it was a fun project for these guys.”
While the system does not connect to his brain, it records the equivalent of what his working eye sees in real time.
The film was commissioned by the makers of a new video game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Set in the year 2027, the game projects a world populated by part-human, part-machine ‘cyborgs’.