Everything is in the Eye of the Beholder

August 10, 2012 4 Comments by 3DBlog

by Christopher McFarland
Initially after watching the short film SIGHT, I felt a few different sensations: interest, fear, confusion and outright respect for the art in general. The film was directed by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo. The two had a great relationship and you can tell. This piece of work conjures the fears of modern society and the everlasting yearn for more.

SIGHT represents modern society and the loss of the masking of a person: nothing is secret! The statement “is there anything else on your profile that you didn’t mention?” is something that I feel that happens on a daily basis, but it’s not so overt nor is it normally accepted. I know in my life I have had people ask me, as introductory questions “how many friends do you have on Facebook?” Even, the ever so creepy office chit chat “you know, I was thinking of going to Aruba and I see on your profile, pictures from Aruba, can you recommend a spot to stay?” This is hilarious in my view of the world, but so realistically accepted in a general sense.

It is only a matter of time before there is a Layar covering our eyes. This would allow for people to have a life that is shown in the film. I have been using Layar, the program mentioned above, on my phone for about a year. It gives me super cool information: I can view police calls in the area, I can view Instagram photos being posted and I can even find a restaurant that is within walking distance. I look at my phone, point it at any direction and a map pops up along with icons that represent different things. Layar is persona so have chosen from a long list of Layars to be on my personal radar! It’s awesome, but this in you eyes? Is this a reality?

As you know, the human eye is awesome: they can react to light, adjust to different objects, and return all this information to the brain at almost the speed of light. There are other things that come into play, but in the end, our eyes are what drive out perception of reality. In movies such as Terminator, characters have the ability to see the world through a digital field. Furthermore, in writings by science fiction author Vernon Vinge, the characters use contact lenses to connect with others. Eliminating cell phones and other digital devices: contacts are the mode of communication and perception. So, the idea of experiencing a superimposed reality projected over our biological eyes is nothing new to science fiction geeks. They will tell you “ it’s only a matter of time”.

People at the university of Washington have gone even further with this and have been creating LED contacts that could project images over the biological eyes that we have. This idea of using LED lights in contact lenses is nothing too far away from reality. Check out the link below to a video where a man explains the reality of this technology.

A researcher comments on the idea of having LED in contacts and I think he has a very valid point, “You won’t necessarily have to shift your focus to see the image generated by the contact lens,” they continue “it would just appear in front of you and your view of the real world will be completely unobstructed when the display is turned off.”

I will say the movie takes a complete turn. Initially it is aesthetically pleasing, animated beautifully and the characters seem to be associated with reality. Its main focus is to show how seamless life can be if we were to live this futuristic technology. But, it reminds us, in a creepy way, of how this can be abused. The film shows both aspects: the sheer amazement and the pitfalls of such a culture.
I would advise you to watch the film with friends and have a discussion after the experience. It various implants ideas: have we gone too far? Is far enough? Is society happy right now? Is there more information the brain can take in? I thought the film was eye opening, no pun intended! Without further delay I present SIGHT.

4 Comments

  1. AJ says:
    Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:26am

    woo hoo! unbelievable! would like to try out living like this.

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    • 3DBlog says:
      Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:24am

      Yeah, I think all of us will soon live like this 🙂

      Reply

  2. Jacqueline says:
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 9:54am

    Yes, fear. I think this is the feeling I have about it so far

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    • travis fabian says:
      Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5:55am

      jaqueline, it is simply as frightening as everything that is new. these technologies are our future

      Reply

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