DNA09: Return of the Eyeborg – an appeal for money

As reported on this blog before, Rob Spence aka Eyeborg is going to some serious lengths for his profession. He’s on a mission to to install a wireless video camera in his prosthetic eye.

Journalism.co.uk interviewed him last month and last night got to meet the man in person. This morning Spence spoke to the Digital News Affairs 2009 audience. The project is not quite there yet, it turns out…

He needs $50,000 to complete the eye project, and a funder for the documentary about surveillance he’s making alongside. He’s ‘trying to lock up the funding’ for the ‘Eye for an Eye’ documentary right now and is keen to hear about any potential journalistic opportunities.

As we’ve reported on him before, we won’t dwell too long on the specifics but here’s a couple of the things he said:

“There’s quite a buzz on the online prosthetic eye community.”

“There’s something very human about… [the project] what is a person, if not their eye?”

“I tend to posit myself as a superhero in my stories – you get to fight for justice but you end up being a villain in the public’s view.”

“It’s just a way of blending in, as someone who looks completely normal.”

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