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Six Million Dollar Man Steve Austin's bionic eye could become reality thanks to the development of a "curvilinear camera" that mimics the human eye, has added zoom capabilities and is the size of a one pence piece. US scientists from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois have constructed the "eyeball camera", …

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Happy

I for one welcome...

...well you know!

Bet you any money Captain Cyborg will be the first in line to try one of these out! Nice YouTube vid of Kevin's eyeball battery running out and him walking into a door frame!

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Happy

Put me down....

......for a pair of Zeiss-Ikon ones.

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Happy

Never mind Captain Cyborg

I'd be game for this. One of my eyes doesn't work much anyway, so upgrading to a MkII Eyeball would be no great hardship.

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Headmaster

A one pence piece?

We call this thing "a penny".

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Wasn't this...

Wasn't this discussed to death recently in another place?

Agreed: it is a "one penny piece". Pence is plural.

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Happy

How long ...

Until the first press headline that we'll all be walking around with eyes in the back of our heads by 2020.

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In cold climates....

H2O is the way forward? Maybe in hot countries, but if you take this thing out in sub-zero temperatures you're in for a shock. I'd recommend a liquid with a lower freezing point.

Flame, because it's cold today

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Re: I'd recommend a liquid with a lower freezing point

Perhaps they could use the same stuff that's in human eyeballs - after all, people take eyeballs out in all sorts of weather conditions without them freezing, boiling or whatever. What's that stuff called?

Oh yes, salty water.

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That's disgusting!

"people take eyeballs out in all sorts of weather conditions"

Actually, it could come in handy. Stuck behind a tall person at a gig, cinema or theatre? Take your iBall* out and hold it in the air. No need for a mirror when you want to do your hair/make-up. And when you realise you've wasted your life making stupid comments on the interwebs, you can take it out and have a long hard look at yourself...

* Give me a load of cash and you can have it Mr Jobs!

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Commentard's remorse

@ G Fan

The "wasted your life making stupid comments" comment was self referential and not aimed at you!

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@Red Bren

Quite alright, sir, 'tis equally applicable to me.

I tried taking a long hard look at myself, but ended up with a slipped disc...

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I'll take one!

I'd be up for having a zoomable eyeball.

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@Jason

That's not hard - rear-view mirrors have been around for a very long time. The problem is how you should see what's behind you, bcos being descended from predator/scavenger species, our entire vision system is set up for looking forward. (Unlike prey species like cows or rabbits, which start off with a near-360-degree field of vision.) A HUD is fine, except it'll obscure what's in front of you, and no-one knows enough about the brain to try to rewire additional fields of view.

And yes, I'm up for the Tally Isham irises.

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Rewiring

You'd be surprised - a considerable amount of research has shown that simply wiring in new inputs causes the brain to gradually learn how to interpret and make sense of them. Or was that a sci-fi book I read?

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It's real

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.04/esp.html

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But...

... does it make that cool doo-d-d-d-d-d-doo-doo-doo-doo sound effect that always accompanied Austin's use of the zoom facility?

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Peni$ Cam

Well if they are shrinking this down to the size of an eyeball, how long before we have Peni$ Cam? (Think camera at the tip - gives POV a whole new meaning).

YES - I went there.

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now for the hard part

making this thing interface with the optic nerve and controllable by nerve impulse from the operator.

Until then, it's giving up depth perception (permanently) for the purpose of voyeurism or espionage.

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The binoculars and telescope vendors....

....must be upset.

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To see or not to see.....

Low-res artificial retinas have already been successfully trialled - Good enough to read very large print.

The human brain is very versatile at interpreting visual input. Fit somebody with prism glasses that make everything look upside down, and they will soon reprogram to see the world normally.

A suitable non-freezing liquid? How about alcohol?

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Anybody remember....

the aliens in "Life of Brian"?

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Ambassador G'Kar

I can't have been the only person to have thought of him, surely

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