Rob Spence, a 36 year-old Canadian filmmaker who injured and later lost his eye due to a shotgun mishap is planning to have a camera implanted in his prosthetic eye. Once in place, the camera, which he calls an “Eyeborg,” will be used to film documentaries and raise awareness about surveillance in modern society.
According to Spence, “In Toronto there are 12,000 cameras. But the strange thing I discovered was that people don’t care about the surveillance cameras, they were more concerned about me and my secret camera eye because they feel that is a worse invasion of their privacy.”
I think I have to side with the people on this one. There is a big difference between surveillance cameras sticking out like a sore thumb in public and cameras implanted inside the dude with the wonky eye at the gym who seems to linger in the showers a little longer than everyone else. While Spence vows that the camera will be turned off when not needed and will only be used for documentary purposes, this still sets a creepy precedent for would be one-eyed villains of all sorts. With that said, I’d totally install a camera in my fake eye if I had one.
Spence also assures that the camera will be in no way connected to his nerves or brain. Oh, well in that case, not creepy at all! Check out the video below for some background on The Eyeborg Project.
So, what would you use the camera implanted in your eye for?