I've heard of Machine Head and Motorhead, but camera head? Is this a new rock band?
Nope. Wafaa Bilal, an assistant arts professor at NYU, had surgery to implant a digital camera into the back of his head. It wasn't just so he could keep an eye on his students when he turned to write on the chalkboard ... it was for art.
You'll notice I'm using the past tense because in a plot twist that everyone saw coming, his body rejected the implant. Let this be a lesson to all you moms out there who were getting ideas: inserting titanium and glass into your scalp is not really the best idea.
But Bilal has a solution you might be interested in.
For now, he's tied a camera around his neck to take photos until, that is, his head heals enough to try the surgery again.
Oh yeah. If at first the machine you implanted into your flesh doesn't succeed, try, try again.
The camera takes a picture every 60 seconds and they're automatically uploaded to his website. The photos make me think that Bilal walks with a limp, because all the images seem to be slanted. Either that or I just caught the photos after a night of him stumbling home from a bar.
Anyway, if this technology takes off and implanting cameras into your head becomes possible, what could this mean for third grade teachers and bus drivers? Revolutionary, right!? Not only would they be able to snap images of poor behavior, but they'll scare the kids into silence because, uh, there's a scabby mess of a camera peeping out from their hair.
Are you interested in Bilal's project?
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