The proliferation of cameras in our devices, including computers, has served as a window for others to view us from a distance. Back in the day, this was a novelty that many would easily embrace and gather as much exposure to—simply because it was cool.
Nowadays, webcams pose as a threat to our privacy and security, which many carelessly overlook. But what if we look at a web camera as something eerily familiar and wary as a human eye and not just a piece of hardware hidden behind a dark glass?
Concerned at the desensitized public over the notion that such a tool may indeed act against personal interest, interaction designer and researcher Marc Teyssier, along with his colleagues at the Saarland University Human-Computer Interaction Lab in Germany, developed the Eyecam, which resembles the human eye through a combination of robotics, silicon, and actual human hairs.
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Designed with intricate functionality in mind, the Eyecam mimics actual eye movements, including the ability to exhibit a wide range of reactions, or lack thereof, according to what it sees—like being angry, startled, looking tired, or sleepy.
The big idea? To give us the awareness of how we could be potentially perceived by a scrutinizing eye, based on our actions, as we lay ourselves bear with such technology.