Picture this…

Marc Sanchez Jun 26, 2012

Mimi Zou just graduated from the London Royal Academy of Art, and as part of her graduating class’ exhibition, is showing off her Iris. Iris is a camera that tracks your eye movements to focus and take a pictures or movies. The idea is that it can capture a picture the way you see it. Her prototype is pretty slick too – it’s round and looks like the lens on an SLR camera. That’s it, just hold the lens thingy, look through it and snap away.
Dezeen Magazine shot the video below and has a few details on how the camera works:

As the user looks through the lens, they can zoom in and out by narrowing or widening their eyelids. To take the photo, they simply hold their gaze and double blink.

The camera learns who is using it by iris recognition and can tag your friends (who have agreed to be “recognized”) in your pictures. If those same friends want to take a picture with your camera, it automatically adjusts its settings to the new eye. And when you’re done taking pictures, you can just set the camera down near your computer. The thing transfers and updates your computer via Wi-Fi.
Of course, there’s no word on if/when you can ever buy one of these things. Watch the video, though, and get a warm fuzzy feeling for the future.

Iris by Mimi Zou from Dezeen on Vimeo.

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