A team of researchers at the University of Saarland in Germany created an innovatively designed surveillance camera, which takes the shape of a human eye, with the aim of stirring up controversy about the role of modern surveillance technologies in our daily lives.
The team of researchers unveiled the prototype of a new camera called “i-cam”, which not only looks like the human eye, but also mimics eye movements in a realistic way.
“The goal of this project is not to develop a better design for surveillance cameras, but to spark discussion or draw attention to the fact that we are surrounded by surveillance devices throughout the day, which raises questions about the impact of these surveillance devices,” TechExplore, a technology specialist, quoted researcher Mark Tyser as saying. The phenomenon on the human. “
The new i-cam behaves like the human eye, including the spontaneous movements of the real eye, as it blinks and raises its eyebrow. Computer science researcher Marion Kolle says that the design of the camera in the form of a human eye can send non-linguistic signals through facial expressions, which paves the way for a new level of interaction with electronic devices that did not exist before.
Researcher Juergen Stimmel, who is one of the participants in the development of the new camera, explained that “this research is part of a large project implemented with funding from the European Union called ‘Inter Active Skin’, and it deals with whether creating user interfaces for electronic devices with human specifications can help in Improving human-computer interaction. “
The study team says that the surveillance cameras at the present time have become a threat to privacy, and that the new camera “i-cam” sheds light on this concept as it plays the role of an observer by shining its eyes on pedestrians. “The new camera applications are imaginative, and their goal is to encourage humans to think about how to interact with electronic devices, now and in the future,” said researcher Mark Tayse