Tanya Marie Vlach contacted US Wired founding editor Kevin Kelly with details of her proposal to develop an ocular webcam or "eyecam". Kelly posted details about the project on his Lifestream blog, and she was soon receiving messages from enthusiasts, engineers and scientists around the world. She wasn't the first to attempt this. Rob Spence, a Canadian film director, lost the sight in his right eye at 13 and inserted a webcam into his eye socket "to film everything I want".
From a technological perspective, Vlach had (and still has) two options: fit a wireless webcam into her eye, or wait for a new generation of cameras that could be connected directly to the brain. She chose the former and, last June, launched an appeal on the Kickstarter crowdfunding site to raise $15,000 (£9,300) to develop an eyecam that could be installed inside her prosthesis. By the beginning of August, thanks to donations from more than 300 people, she had raised almost $20,000 for her project.
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