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Filmmaker Replaced His Eyeball With A Camera
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Published: Jan 25, 2016

Rob Spence, a Toronto filmmaker has turned himself into a real-life version of the bionic hero, after having his glass eyeball replaced with a camera.

Source: nypost.com
Source: nypost.com

Rob Spence lost his sight in one eye at the age of nine. He was shooting a pile of cow dung, when he held the gun incorrectly against his eye which  left him legally blind in one eye.

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Source: news.com

But now at the age of 43, he finally decided to remove is infected eye ball with a camera.

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Source: news.com.au

“Literally everybody [said] it as a joke — people doing the surgery say, ‘Oh, you should get an eye camera.’ The idea is so out-there in pop culture and science fiction” he told the New York Post.

Source: Reuters
Source: Reuters

Mr Spence, who calls himself the Eyeborg, was interviewed in the new Showtime true-life series called Dark Net.

“The two reactions are, ‘Wow, that’s so cool’ — and, after a few moments’ reflection, ‘but that’s so creepy,’ ” Spence says. “I’ve actually started wondering, do we want to have constant video of our lives? It’s just another data set. And I don’t know the answer, but I think no, we don’t want that. But it’s coming anyway.”

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Source: nypost.com

“When the eye increases in temperature, which it does when I put it in the eye socket, the frequency of the video transmission increases slightly . . . [so we] can’t find the video signal,” he explains.

Source: mndailynews.com
Source: mndailynews.com

For now, Spence can get about one to three minutes of shooting time before the eye-cam overheat. The eye camera is equipped with a micro radio-frequency transmitter.

Source: nypost.com
Source: nypost.com

The camera is not connected to the optic nerve so Mr Spence can’t see out of it either. The camera can also be switched on and off with a single tap.

“[Like] asking somebody what . . . they think about love, but really look in their eyes,” he says. “If you’re looking at somebody or especially get into eye contact a little bit, then it can get awkward, but interesting, and go a little further that way.”