Take an one eyed film maker, an unemployed engineer, and a vision for something that’s never been done before and you have the EyeBorg Project. Rob Spence and Kosta Grammatis are trying to make history by embedding a video camera and a transmitter in a prosthetic eye. That eye is going in Robs eye socket, and will record the world from a perspective that’s never been seen before.
Losing sight as 13-year-old while playing with his grandfather’s gun on a visit to Ireland, Spence early started to develop a special view on the world as it is or seems to be. Finally choosing a career as film maker he brought perception thru eye(s) and lens to his everyday purpose.
With the fact of having a blind eye and therefore being fascinated by the thought of replacing it with a high-tech camera, he once said in an interview with ABC:
“When you’re a filmmaker and you have a hole in your head, and you like ‘Star Trek,’ it’s a natural progression.”
Today he is able to record what he sees through his other eye. It is not linked to his brain and hasn’t restored his vision. It’s 9mm thick, 30-mm long and 28mm high and able to transmit digital images in realtime.
When Rob aka Eyeborg looks straight into your eyes, be aware: You might be already digitally recorded and furthermore a part of his current documentary Eye 4 an Eye. His aim is to show how video and humanity intersect especially with regards to surveillance.
In addition Square Enix have commissioned Eyeborg to investigate for the release of their new game ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’: How far are we from the future presented in the game when it comes down to prosthetics, cybernetics and augmented reality?