Meet the 'Eyeborg'
Rob Spence, a documentary filmmaker in Canada, has a radical prosthesis: a prosthetic eye fitted with a video camera.
Spence shot himself in the eye as a child, and after the cornea was irreparably damaged in 2007, he decided to get a prosthetic with more capabilities than the typical glass eye.
So he reached out to independent radio-frequency engineer and designer Kosta Grammatis, who helped him design a camera eye. The prosthetic was fitted to his eye socket, then a teensy camera was designed to lie behind it. Here, a 3D rendering of the eye.
The camera is also connected to a micro transmitter, a magnetic switch that allows Spence to turn it on and off, and a miniature circuit board that sends video to a receiver
Here, all the components that go into the eye laid out
Assembling the cyborg eye
The teensy circuit board was designed by engineer Martin Ling.
Here, an image of the eye taken out of the socket. The miniaturization of electrical components has helped make such innovations possible.
The prosthetic eye sits over the components. People are only aware of the camera once its light is turned on.
The camera is unbelievably miniscule; the tiny black object is the camera, placed next to the prosthetic eye for reference.
Part man part machine
Here, the components of the camera eye sit inside Spence's eye socket, without the prosthetic eye covering it. Spence is part of a small but growing group of people who are becoming cyborgs.
Charging the camera
A view of the tiny battery used to charge the video camera. The camera can only take about 30 minutes of video before it needs to be recharged.
The tiny camera sitting on the backing for the prosthetic eye. The components are not connected to Spence's optic nerve or brain, so he isn't a true cyborg.
Deconstructing the camera eye
Another view of the camera eye components
Recording the world
Spence can turn the camera on and off using a magnetic switch. When it's recording, the camera eye will glow red, thanks to an LED light fitted into the camera.
I see you
Because of the LED light, anyone who interacts with Spence will know when he's recording their interactions. Spence thinks that, along with the short recording time available to him, alleviates privacy concerns that other technologies such as Google Glass may have.
In the dark, prosthetic eye glows red as the video camera behind it records.