Whether you are reading this article on a phone or a computer, you are probably in front of a camera lens. Cameras are more prevalent in our society than ever before, and many of us don’t pay attention to them until we need to use one. That’s why designer and researcher Marc Teyssier has built a disturbing webcam that’s impossible to ignore.
As The Verge reports, the device in the video below is designed to look like a hyper-realistic disembodied eye. The fake eyeball is placed in a material that strangely resembles human flesh. It even sports lashes and a single bushy eyebrow to complete the effect.
Besides looking like a real eye, the webcam moves like one. From its perch on top of a monitor, the camera is able to copy the movements of a user’s eyelids. It can also “wake up” on its own and observe people even when they step away from the computer.
Teyssier doesn’t expect his “eyecam” to be the next tech product. Instead, he hopes the artwork will remind people of what webcams have in common with real eyes, although it’s harder to tell when they’re looking at us.
He writes in a blog post: “Although webcams share the same purpose as the human eye – to see – they are not expressive, do not transmit or transmit affect like human eyes do. Eyecam brings the emotional aspects of the eye back to the camera. . “
You can watch the weird gadget in action below. And if you are forced to make your own eyecam, the open source software and design are available on Github.
[h/t The Verge]