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WTF?! Have you ever looked at your webcam and thought, "yeah, it performs its intended functions, but I wish the camera resembled a disembodied human eye---like something from a David Cronenberg movie." If so, here's some good news: your disturbing fantasy has been made real.
The aptly named Eyecam comes from researcher Marc Teyssier and is part of research at the Saarland University Human-Computer Interaction Lab. The anthropomorphic webcam is designed to "challenge conventional relationships with ubiquitous sensing devices and call to re-think how sensing devices might appear and behave."
It's an interesting project: it's easy to imagine that most people would behave differently if they had a human eyeball staring at them instead of a webcam's cold lens, especially as it can blink and express emotion. Its disappointing gaze burning into you from atop a monitor could certainly put people off visiting Pornhub, for example.
The device consists of six servo-motors controlled by an Arduino Nano that reproduce different eye muscles, while the camera itself (720p60) is connected to a Raspberry Pi Zero and works as a standard plug & play webcam.
The Eyecam can function autonomously and react to external stimuli, such as the presence of users. It's constantly blinking, and the eyelids dynamically adapt to the eyeball movements---it's even got human hairs implanted for the eyebrows and eyelashes.
We've seen mildly terrifying human body part-mimicking tech in the past, including the MobiLimb that's able to drag a phone around and even stroke a user's hand in response to receiving a positive emoji.