About this project
Thanks for visiting my page! I am attempting to recreate my eye with the help of a miniature camera implant in my prosthetic / artificial eye. The intraocular installation of an eye-cam will substitute for the field of vision of my left eye that I lost in 2005 from a car accident. While my prosthesis is an excellent aesthetic replacement, I am interested in capitalizing on the current advancement of technology to enhance the abilities of my prosthesis for an augmented reality.
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.
With your support here's what I'm hoping to build in this first phase of production which we'll call "Grow A New Eye":
Eye-Camera: An intra-ocular installation of an eye-camera. An experiment in wearable technology, cybernetics, and perception.
Dimensions: Here are the measurements of the shell that I am currently wearing. It’s an oddly shaped shell and it’s hard to tell how much room there really is in there.
Thickness: 8 mm (Right below the iris – but it looks like there may be more thickness in other parts of the shell.)
Length of Shell: 21 – 23 mm
Iris: 12.25 mm Diameter
Pupil (Lens/aperture) : 4.5 mm Diameter
Here is an article about my Ocularist, William Danz who is on board with the project: http://articles.latimes.com/2005/apr/10/magazine/tm-eyeguy15
The scleral shell is made out of PMMA or poly(methyl methacrylate) Acrylic.
The installation would possibly entail putting the camera in the molding while it hardens or drilling after the fact. But I’m no engineer! Just sharing information that I’ve picked up.
- SD at least, 720p HD at best
- MPEG-4 / H.264 Recording
- Built in Wireless Transmitter
- Bluetooth Wireless Method
- Remote Trigger
- Mini A/V out
- Firewire / USB / Mini HDMI
- Optical 3X
- Inductors: (Power Source)
External Mobile Application:
- Acts as remote
- Power source
- Sensors that respond to blinking enabling camera to take still photos, zoom, focus, and turn on and off.
- Dilating pupil with change of light.
- Infrared / Ultraviolet
- Facial Recognition
- Water Tight
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