8/31/2011

Eyborg; The Bionic Eye


Grant Morrison talks in his new book (Supergods), about the day when superheroes become real and we begin to imitate them rather than making them seem more real. Well there are those who are taking that to the next level and becoming more like video games rather than making video games more realistic. Canadian filmmaker Rob Spense lost his eye in a accident involving a shot-gun when he was 13! If that isn't bad ass enough, he has recently replaced his missing eye with a wireless OmniVision video camera between two layers of a prosthetic eye.The camera is only 3.2MM 328 x 258.Designed by Kostas Grammastis a former Space X engineer, this is the third iteration, boasting longer battery life and better picture quality. Images from the eye are broadcast on a handheld device. The duo have formed what they're calling The Eyeborg Project, describing themselves as; "A one-eyed filmmaker, and an unemployed engineer". Aside from making headlines for his new eye Spense was commissioned by Square Enix the creators of the Final Fantasy franchise to make a short film exploring the current cybernetics revolution made possible by all of the recently limbless veterans of the last decade of war. Square Enix wanted the filmmaker with the robot eye to investigate how close we are to the games dystopian future where cyborgs rule! I wonder if in this world we each have to obtain corporate sponsorship for our machine parts?


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