Iris: A Concept Camera That’s Controlled Using Your Eye

Using the human eye to control cameras isn’t a new idea — Canon used to offer eye-controlled focusing in its SLRs — but designer Mimi Zou‘s Iris concept camera takes the concept one step further by having the camera be entirely controlled by the eye. Shaped like a lens, the photographer uses the camera by simply looking through it. Focusing, zooming, and snapping photos are done by looking, narrowing/widening the eyes, and blinking (respectively).

Here’s a video demonstrating how the camera would be used (the user would probably need to hold the Iris a little closer to their face):

It’s an interesting idea that shows how cameras might become more of an extension of the human body in the future.

(via Technabob)

Image credits: Photographs by Mimi Zou

  • will hall

     After false positives with certain ethnicities with blink detection, is control by narrowing/widening of eyes a good idea?

  • stanimir stoyanov

    Aperture ring = squinting or opening your eyes?

  • mko

    Actually, Canon had eye controlled af on their film slrs not dslrs. 

  • Stephan Zielinski

    My concept camera is controlled DIRECTLY BY YOUR BRAIN.  Whether you buy it or not.  Even as I type this, your brain is controlling my concept camera.  Just so you know: okay, some of that is curiosity– but that other thing?  You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Michael Zhang

    Ah right. The “d” was a mistype. Thanks for catching that! :)

  • Mark

    As much as I hate to say this, I always consider this type of “concept” technology more as sculpture rather than imminently deployable tech. They tend to have greater aesthetic appeal and less utility. Having said that, however, I love renderings and concept art like this. It’s always a shame that financial and durability constraints prevent these ideas from being produced on a large scale. 

  • Ricky

    wonder how they would get the image to be right side up through the camera/lens.

  • Mark

     It’s not, can’t you tell that the gentleman in the third photo is hanging upside down from a jungle gym? Must be the fine print in the owner’s manual.

  • Janko Vuković

    incidentally a concept from an Asian… that’s kinda ironic. 

  • Flgraphics

    this looks too slow to operate.. and humans blink all the time, which probably would make this unusable

  • Lou Gonzalez

    And where are the images stored? I see no media card slot or whatever.

  • wickerprints

    I’m impressed by your willingness to let the entire world know how much of a bigoted, ignorant, racist a**hole you really are.