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British filmmaker gets camera fitted in eye

Sunday August 28, 2011 05:29:39 PM, IANS

London: A British filmmaker, who lost one of his eyes during a shooting accident as a child, has got a tiny video camera fitted into his damaged eye.

Rob Spence told Sky News the technology was like something one would usually only see in films.

"It wasn't easy but because it's so like science fiction, engineers had a lot of fun making it. I was able to do it without a budget - it was a fun project for these guys," he said.

The technology used is the same as in a wireless lapel microphone with a transmitter and receiver.

The wireless transmits a video signal from the tiny camera inside Rob's prosthetic eye.

The device is, however, not connected to his brain and has not restored his vision. But it records everything he sees, sending what he is looking at in real time to a computer.

Rob was commissioned to make a documentary by the makers of a new video game, "Deus Ex: Human Revolution", which is set in the year 2027 and imagines a world in which cyborgs - part human, part machine - are the norm.

They asked him to look at how far away from their fictional world we are now.

Rob said technology is already advanced and the possibilities are endless in the future.

"People are going to have the option of having superior arms, superior eyes at some point. People say no one would ever cut off their own arm and replace it, but if the technology gets there - and it looks like it will - people will think about it."



 


 


 

 

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