Camera Uses Eye Blink to Snap Photo

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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.

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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.

via Wired

Credit: Mimi Zou

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