The Eyeborg Project is the work of Rob Spence, a 36 year old filmmaker residing in Toronto, Canada and Kosta Grammatis – an unemployed engineer from San Francisco, California. Rob’s eye was badly damaged in an accident involving a shotgun at age of 13. Rob had his eye surgically removed and replaced with a prosthetic one after enduring ten years of pain. Now with the help of Kosta and a team of ocularists, inventors, engineering specialists, Rob is building a prosthesis that can capture and transmit video.
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In order for the project to be succesful Kosta Grammatis and his team implemeted the smallest, lightest, power efficient technologies that could be found. The world’s smallest CMOS cameras — 1.5 mm square are being used, small enough to be lost in a sneeze.
The video signal is being transmitted wirelessly to be recorded elsewhere by an RF Transmitter that’s smaller than the tip of a pencil eraser, and lithium polymer battery technology is powering the eye. Kosta envisions that the data will be sent to a backpack to be recorded.
Rob Spence is currently working on a documentary film about the Eyeborg Project and the experience of living with a bionic eye. He hopes it will raise questions and build awareness regarding issues around surveillance in our society.