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Glass Eye Tracking

Increased confidence to glass eye users
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A small implant under the eyelid of the 'good eye' transmits data in an xy fashion (ala mouse ball). This is recieved from the prosthetic eye which houses a replaceable battery linked to a servo motor which controls the movable inner eye layer. Different coloured iris can be fitted to this which moves behind 20mm diameter outer part of the eye which is clear. Now both eyes move together and nobody need know that you have a false eye. It also requires minimal surgery but is unfortunately very expensive. Different coloured crystals are available for different frequencies so that you dont interfere with other wearers that are in the vicinity.
Muleopod, Sep 08 2003

Eye muscles on Quantum http://www.abc.net.au/quantum/s256718.htm
A report on prosthetics/eye muscles on the Australian TV show quantum [inc_b, Oct 17 2004]


       I think a small implant under the eyelid would be pretty dang uncomfortable.
bungston, Sep 08 2003

       Put it in the hollow behind the fake eye. The eye itself doesn't need to be a traditional glass eye. It could just be a facade to hide the mechanics.   

       I'd take it a step further and make the iris dilate and contract. Lastly, you might want to put a teeny-tiny logo somewhere visible when viewed from up close so any paramedics who find you unconcious don't assume you have brain damage.
phoenix, Sep 08 2003

       Eyeglasses (clear or prescription) would make this much more feasible.   

       Reminds me of a sign on our laser lab - "Warning: Do not look at laser with remaining eye"
dweeb, Sep 08 2003

       Now if you could just eliminate the mechanical servo-motor noise when they look around. Really freaks people out.
RayfordSteele, Sep 14 2003

       + I don't know why; I will need to go away and think about it.
po, Sep 14 2003

       Aww, you say that like it's a bad thing RayfordSteele. It would be great if there was a little red light inside, for when you notice somebody wondering where the noise is coming from. Switching it on and saying "Come with me if you want to live" in your best Arnie accent, now *that* would freak people out!
RoboBust, Sep 14 2003

       Rube Goldberg would be proud. No need for such complicated mechanics. Most people that are missing an eye are missing just the globe itself. The muscles that control the movement (6 of them) are usually intact and are still functioning, pretending they are flexing for an eye that they are no longer attached to. So why don't doctors just attach these muscles to the fake eye? Well because people with prosthetic eyes have a empty socket, exposed mucousal membranes to be precise. These can infect very easily, and treating them is much easier if you don't have to disengage the fake eye from it's surgically attached muscles all the time.
eyeguy, Jan 23 2004

       This is not about tracking dangerous one eyed men?
theircompetitor, Jan 23 2004

       [eyeguy] - They've actually done this, succesfully too I think (at least, I haven't heard anything else about it...which could go both ways...) See link
inc_b, Aug 10 2004

       Yeah, a robotic eye would be more fun than having it hooked to the old muscles.   

       Especially if it could roll all the way around (perhaps it's a sphere driven by little rollers in the socket?)   

       Then you could act like Mad-eye from the Harry Potter books.
eulachon, Aug 11 2004


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