The Ultimate Body Piercing: A 10MP Camera Bolt-on for the Back of Your Head

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, an NYU assistant arts professor has implanted a camera lens in the back of his head. With no record of his early nomadic years in the Middle East, his motivation is to document his next year, apparently in arrears. However, the camera will not be live 24/7 as might be expected from such a committed individual. Aside from his evenings (sleeping is apparently quite uncomfortable), during the day, he wears a lens cap to protect NYU students’ privacy. (Using a flap of skin or comb over was not considered reliable).

Equipment specifications begin with a “transdermal implant” that inserts a 10 MP camera beneath a large flap of skin on the back of his skull. Three titanium plate and post fixtures hold the camera in place. The skin is refitted leaving only the posts exposed and, of course, the auto-focus lens. The camera snaps images at one-minute intervals and then streams them on line. The URL has not been made public.

Although the professor has received pushback from friends about the potential intrusion (dinner invitations have dramatically declined), this would only seem to be a problem if you lose his attention and he turns his back on you. Keep the repartee lively and your privacy will remain intact. The “extras” behind him are the ones that need to watch themselves.

Which brings us to a serious question: what is the artistic viability of a rear perspective? It would seem intuitive that as humans, we always face the action. So does our director frame that moment by turning away from it? Or does his vision include a to-be-revealed choreography of forward and backward that will advance the cinematic art?

I don’t think so. In his overreach to push boundaries, the professor has simply discovered a different way to miss the good bits of his life. Again. One thing we know for sure. When you go to the cineplex, he’s not the guy you want in line ahead of you. Or for that matter, sitting in the next row down. Does 10 MP work in low light?

  • If I get something implanted in my head it’s going to be an iPod.

  • Ben

    @Itchy, Or, how about an mp3 player that DOESN’T have sub-par sound quality?

  • Man, that guy is gonna feel like SUCH a tool when someone gets a higher quality camera implanted in THEIR head after the post-holiday sales makes it more affordable.

    @Ben, I imagine that a surgically implanted mp3 player wouldn’t have the same kind of support as the iPod. As usual, I’m going to wait a little while for a clear winner before I go installing any sort of device in my noggin. I certainly learned my lesson after the shoulder-mounted HD-DVD fiasco…

  • Gil

    Too artsy fartsy for me.

  • Hugh

    I could do with one of those things on my head to help me to get up in the morning for work.

  • @Ben Sure, have any other suggestions?