Bionic Eye Man Wirelessly Records His World

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This is an awesome quick minute of video of a man who lost his eye in a shooting accident.  He had his eye socket fitted with a wirelessly transmitting video recorder.  Now this is an idea that I can totally get behind, especially if we give it to Howard Stern or Mancow…

I kid about the Howard Stern thing.  Misogyny stopped being funny when I was 5 or 6.  Meet Rob Spence, the man behind the “Bionic Eye” he’s created to go in the empty eye socket.  Here’s Rob with version 2.0 of the Bionic Eye:

Eyeborg Phase II from eyeborg on Vimeo.

LED eye bionic jumping, teaser footage of experimenting with eye-camera prototype, action!  Rob Spence is a filmmaker who lost his eye and decided to replace it with a wireless video camera.  Check out Kosta Grammatis glancing about nervously as Fox News guffaws about our bionic lab.

An article from IEEE Spectrum talks about Spence’s internal eye equipment:

The bionic eye is simply designed, and components are constantly changing. It basically contains a 1.5mm-square, low-res video camera, a small round printed circuit board, video transmitter, and a 3-volt rechargeable Varta microbattery. The components are contained in resealable clear acrylic used in false eyes, but it has two holes for wires to recharge the battery.

“I can recharge my eye via USB off my laptop,” says Spence.

The Eyeborg prototype in the video, the third, can only work for an hour an a half on a fully charged battery. Its transmitter is quite weak, so Spence has to hold a receiving antenna to his cheek to get a clear signal. He muses that he should build a Seven of Nine-style eyepiece to house it. He’s experimenting with a new prototype that has a stronger transmitter, other frequencies and a booster on the receiver.

This is an example of sacrifice for the good of all mankind.  Rob, we salute you.