Ever see something remarkable and wish you could just blink your eyes and snap a photo? If Mimi Zou, Royal College of Art in London alum, has her way this wish could come true. The recent graduate of the school’s Innovation Design Engineering program developed a camera prototype that tracks a person's eye movement and uses it to snap photographs.
The camera uses biometric detection (the same kind used to scan irises for security purposes) to track the movement of the eye. When a user squints, the lens zooms in and when the person opens her eyes wide, the lens zooms out. To take a picture, a person stares at the desired area and blinks twice quickly.
Because the camera uses a biometric technology, personal user data can be recorded and saved and then used to automatically set the camera's preferences before it's used. For example, Zou is near-sighted, so as soon as the camera recognizes it's her, it adjusts the focus to accommodate her vision so that she can see clearly.
The camera is about the size of a normal one, but shaped just like a lens. Instead of a standard lens however, it has a digital display that sits behind the camera’s shutter and sensor. Zou hopes that Iris will usher in a new type of device that adapts to users, rather than making users adapt to them.
Credit: Mimi Zou