Steven Spielberg’s superior dystopian thriller Minority Report is famous for showcasing a number of future technologies that are now either a reality or close to being one, including multi-touch interfaces, retina scanners and customised advertising boards. It’s made the previously unthinkable a real possibility, which is why we’re excited about the arrival of the Minority Report-esque IRIS – an eye-controlled camera. Could it also become a reality? We wouldn’t bet against it!
Designed by Royal College of Art student Mimi Zou, the IRIS camera will be controlled by its owner’s eye, understanding the image they want to capture by tracking their eyeball. It’s a fascinating and timely technological proposal, which not only seems plausible because of current developments in the world of technology but, similar to Google’s Project Glass, would satisfy the current demand for lighter, smaller technology products consumers can use while on the move.
“With this project I hoped to bring about a refreshing new product experience, and challenge the existing interaction, typology and capabilities of cameras,” says Zou.
Compact and circular in shape, the IRIS looks like the perfect camera for photography fans who like to travel light. And more than being a futuristic concept, a working prototype of IRIS will be in demonstration as part of the Royal College of Art Graduate Show, from now until the 1st of July.
See more pictures of IRIS below: