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Grow a New Eye - 1. Engineering an eye-camera. After Tanya lost her eye in a car accident in 2005, she began imagining a bionic one.
318 backers pledged $19,631 to help bring this project to life.

June Updates!

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2013 Update on Eye-Camera Project

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Updates coming! Frontiers of Interaction! And the Slow Tech movement....

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24 hours to go! SF Event tonight! and 1 million updates yet to come.

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24 hours to go! SF Event tonight! and 1 million updates yet to come.

Thanks to you and the generous donation of Square Enix, a couple of large donations by Individuals, and countless of donations from all over the world — we made our Kickstarter goal, meaning we will be able to fund the development of the prototype of an eye-camera.- but again this is the minimal for just stage one of building the prototype. We definitely need more than 100k for it to be a viable device! So we need to keep raising money!

So for our final 24 hour window we want to celebrate with you tonight before the deadline tomorrow!

But we are so incredibly thrilled we reached our Kickstarter goal! There are still 24 hours to go and we are hoping to raise over 1K to reach a 20K mark. Besides helping create a sustainable enterprise; this will go to planning other aspects of EyeTanya’s mission: Interactive Website (A Bionics and Healing Resource for the Visually Impaired & Disabled,) Graphic Novel,  Experimental Documentary, Interactive performances, ETC.

There are so many things to update you all about.  But there hasn’t been time for me to sit down and blog – I guess that’s a good thing when life takes you galloping and all you have are the reigns, and the knowledge at some point you will have time for a breather and reflection. But the meantime, I’m back from a brief stint in NY just in time for
our GROW A NEW EYE, SF event tonight!

Hope to see you there!



The evening is guaranteed to stir the imagination. There will be music, video installations, film screenings and heated discussions about the possibilities and limitations of technology on the human body.

Live Streaming

The Retro-Future Experience with performances by

Project Agora

Haggai Cohen Milo


Entry is via donating on Kickstarter. If you have already backed the project on our Kickstarter campaign at the $25 level or higher, your name will be on the Will Call list.

To purchase a ticket in advance, back our project at the $25 level or highter at:

All walk-ins are welcome but you will be asked to contribute via Kickstarter at the door! Of course if you want to pay cash only – we won’t turn you away!

Follow on Twitter: @TanyaVlach @EyeTanya


Holy Bionic Eyeball!

Posted by Tanya Marie Vlach (Creator)
Whoa! Grow a New Eye has met it's goal and will be funded! We are yelling from rooftops that the future is possible. 

Yesterday we received a hefty donation from the folks at Square Enix, a donation that sent us over the edge. At first we thought "Square Enix" might be a pen name for a donor who wished to remain anonymous. It turns out that's not the case and Square Enix, the gaming company responsible for the famed game: Deus Ex (!) has backed our project. There is an obvious symmetry between the themes of augmentation in their game and what Tanya is attempting to do in real life. Much potential in future collaboration! Square Enix's reward  is a souvenir eye-camera (batteries not included)! Thanks infinitely for taking us beyond our funding goal, guys!

Other extremely generous donors include Christopher Bently of the Bently Reserve and Brice Robertson of Berkeley Bionics! 

And thanks to EVERY ONE of you who has donated your hard-earned money, and spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues. Thank you for your spirit, for believing in this hair-brain idea and for sending this story on to it's next chapter. 

But it ain't over 'til it's over. We still have 6 days to go before the end of our Kickstarter chapter so thanks for continuing to spread the word! If you have donated please let people know on FB, Twitter, or on the bus that you were part of making a bionic camera eye. We hope you'll stay along for the ride because this is truly just the start of our journey.  

As a crowdfunded effort, this project is definitely yours too. That's why we'd like to invite NY backers who have donated at the $20 level or above to join us for a celebration on Sunday, July 31 at the Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg. Tanya's in New York until Monday and she'd like to thank all of you New York backers in person. Special highlights will include a video installation, live video projections from supporters of our project and a silent auction including a signed print from notorious photographer Dan Winters. Then on Tuesday, August 2nd, she'll return to the fog for a celebration at Kunst-Stoff Arts in San Francisco with live performances by Project Agora and Haggai Cohen Milo. Your name is on that guest list too.

If you've backed at a lower tier and would like to attend one or both (you jet-setter, you) of these events, you can adjust the amount of money you've donated online or pay the difference at the door. Or if you are strapped for cash (totally understandle) and you still want to come you can help us out at the event. We can use all the help we can get. 

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone of you who have donated anything at all ($1 and up) will be sent a private message with a link to attend the live streaming footage of the event from wherever you are in the world.

Thanks for making this dream a reality. I'm thrilled you helped us on the way. The better to see you with my dears. 

In gratitude,
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