Woman To Replace Lost Eyeball with Webcam
An artist living in San Francisco has issued an invitation to developers to design a webcam eyeball for her. The woman hopes to document her life with the invention, or perhaps shoot a reality TV show from her first hand perspective.
“I’d always given thought to using cameras to restore sight to the blind,” said William Danz, whose patient, Tanya Vlach, wants the groundbreaking device. “This is a little different, more like James Bond stuff.”
Vlach, who lost her eye in a 2005 car accident, wears a realistic acrylic prosthesis, but she’s issued a challenge to engineers on her blog: build an “eyecam” for her prosthesis that can dilate with changes of light and allow her to blink to control its zoom, focus, and on/off switch, reports the NY Daily News.
“There have been all sorts of cyborgs in science fiction for a long time, and I’m sort of a sci-fi geek,” Vlach, 35, was quoted by the daily as saying. “With the advancement of technology, I thought, ‘Why not?’”
The tiny camera would likely be embedded within Vlach's existing eye prosthesis.