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Anti-Surveillance Filmmaker Plans Eye-Socket Camera


Canada's filmmaker Rob Spence, who lost his right eye when he was a child, shows a prototype of a prosthetic eye which will be transformed into a video camera, during a conference in Brussels March 5, 2009. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

BRUSSELS - A Canadian filmmaker plans to have a mini
camera installed in his prosthetic eye to make documentaries and raise
awareness about surveillance in society.

Rob Spence, 36, who lost an eye in an accident as a teen-ager, said
his so-called Project Eyeborg is to have the camera, a battery and a
wireless transmitter mounted on a tiny circuit board.

"Originally the whole idea was to do a documentary about
surveillance. I thought I would become a sort of super hero ...
fighting for justice against surveillance," Spence said.

"In Toronto there are 12,000 cameras. But the strange thing I
discovered was that people don't care about the surveillance cameras,
they were more concerned about me and my secret camera eye because they
feel that is a worse invasion of their privacy."

Spence, in Brussels to appear at a media conference, said no part of the camera would be connected to his nerves or brain.

He does not intend to create a reality TV show and the camera will be switched off when not needed, he said.

"I don't want to go into a locker room. I don't want to show the
world me going to the bathroom either ... I'm not a life-caster and I
don't plan to be one," he said.

(Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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