This afternoon, the dotter and I went swimming. When we went to the pool, the sky above us was grey and cloudy, but the mountains in the distance were beginning to reflect some sunlight. When we left, though…oh, how beautiful the mountains were! Snow covered, reflecting the afternoon sunlight, with bands of lifting fog floating in front of them here and there, and banners of wind-blown snow drifting off the peaks in other places.
Of course, I didn’t have my camera. And even if I did, the batteries are dead, because I was taking documentary pics of Important Stuffed Animal Surgery.
But this is what always happens: I see a really kewl pic opportunity, and I don’t have my camera, and I want to smack myself on the head. It happens to OmegaDad, too. So what we should be doing is carrying the damned camera with us everywhere. In our hands. At the ready. So we can capture those lost opportunities–like when your kid does something unutterably cute, and the next instant is standing there looking dour and grumpy.
OmegaDad and I have taken to joking that what we need is a RetinaCam™ for all those instances, a camera embedded in our eyeballs that we can point and, say, tap our cheekbones, and we’d get a picture.
Now, people have been experimenting with cameras embedded in eyeglass frames, which is getting close. But I’d think such a contraption would be somewhat lopsided feeling, and obtrusive. We want something akin to what the Six Million Dollar Man had–something in the eye that has zoom capability and more.
Someone is working on that right now.
Yes! OmegaDad was listening to NPR on the way home from work the other day, and heard an interview with a filmmaker who has only one eye, plus a prosthetic eye in the other socket. This filmmaker is trying to develop an embedded, wireless camera in his prosthetic eye. This is his website. And this is a video of where his project is at right now:
This is just too cool for words.