Tanya Vlach is looking for someone to help her invent a “bionic” eye that has a camera inside. Watch this:
Tanya is looking for donors and engineers to help her create an experimental project featuring her prosthetic eye and a camera. It sucks that she had to experience such tragedy in order to have this opportunity, but I have to say that I am inspired and excited to see how her project comes out. If you’re interested in helping Tanya make her project come to life, please help her out over at Kickstarter.
Details from her Kickstarter page:
Before we get into the nitty gritty details of the eye camera, let’s back up a few years. In 2005, I was in a near death car accident. Centimeters away from death, I managed to pull through. Although grateful to be alive, I lost my left eye in the tumble and suffered frontal lobe minor brain injury and severe depression.
I entered the vast world of the Internet and chronicled my experiences on my blog, One-Eyed. I posted about new developments in technology that would help me regain sight. Soon I began envisioning a sci-fi plot twist to my predicament. I pitched my idea to Wired Founder Kevin Kelly. Intrigued, he posted my call out to engineers to help build an implant of a miniature camera inside my prosthetic eye. Immediately the idea went viral and I received hundreds of international engineering proposals, support from my one-eyed community, and thousands of media inquiries. I became the media haven for transhumanism and the subject of controversy around engineering the body. Since then, I’ve been plotting new strategies to tell my story, both my personal one and the one of my sci-fi alter ego, into a transmedia platform, which will include: a graphic novel, an experimental documentary, a web series, a game, and a live performance. Grow a new eye – is about engineering a new bionic camera eye.
This is an awesome story. You need to go check out Tonya’s blog page, Eye, Tanya. Let me know if you end up supporting the project in any way, leave a comment of support here for Tanya. I really hope that this technology advances in a direction that helps for everyone.