A Toronto, Canada filmmaker has turned himself into a real-life version of the bionic man.
After becoming legally blind in one eye, Rob Spence had the eye removed and decided to turn his head into a GoPro. The camera is fairly low-tech, as far as in-body privacy violators go, and can get uncomfortably hot after just a few minutes, but all the same, Spence’s homemade videos just got a hell of a lot more interesting.
Now Spence calls himself “Eyeborg” and is set to be profiled in the Showtime series “Dark Net,” which apparently is based entirely on these types of stories.
Of course, one thing that recently hit the cyber wonder is that he’s a liability problem everywhere he goes. People around him will need to be notified (or at least they should be, anyway) that they’re potentially going to be filmed any time Spence looks in their direction.
As you could imagine, it’s not a perfect scenario.
According to Spence, when people ask about his grossly oversized Terminator eyeball, “The two reactions are, ‘Wow, that’s so cool’ — and, after a few moments’ reflection, ‘but that’s so creepy.’”
Spence’s camera resembles a regular fake eye, and no, he can’t see out of it directly, so none of those green wire-grid targeting systems are happening yet. But the device’s line of vision can be seen on a handheld monitor, and Spence can turn the camera on and off with the tap of a button.
For now, Spence can get about 1-3 minutes of shooting time before the camera overheats, so he’s selective about how he employs it. Once it gets to the point where it can film for hours at a time, he dreams of taking advantage of the eye for film projects.
He didn’t indicate if that meant porn.