A one-eyed documentary filmmaker has revealed how he has turned his prosthetic eye into a miniature video camera. Rob Spence, from Toronto, is able to record what he sees through his other eye. It is not linked to his brain and hasn't restored his vision.
The device crams a video camera, wireless transmitted and battery inside Rob's empty eye socket - no mean feat when you consider the tallest space is only 9mm high. The 'eyeborg' then transmits a video signal to a handheld screen. The eye is not connected to Rob's brain and has not restored his vision. Instead it can show others how he sees the world in real-time. A tiny camera, just 3.2mm squared, was donated by OmniVision, a California-based company that specializes in the miniature cameras found in cell phones, laptops and endoscopes. It had a resolution of 328x250pixels.
Mr Spence lost his eye in a childhood shooting accident and it was removed from the socket five years ago. A fan of the 1970s televsion series 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' Mr Spence said he had an epiphany when looking at his mobile phone camera and realising something that small could fit into his empty eye socket. He contacted engineer Kosta Grammatis in 2009 who came and stayed with him for three weeks while they made their first attempt at building the device. 'It wasn't easy, but because it's so like pop fiction, engineers had a lot of fun making it - without a budget I was able to do it - it was a fun project for these guys,' Mr Spence told Sky News.