This Headset Will Widen Your View of Reality

Margherita Olivo
October 13th 2015

PolyEyes 2.0 is an experimental project by London-based multi-disciplinary studio Interactive Architecture Lab. In this augmented reality helmet - and its very wide headset - we can find a Raspberry Pi Camera Module on each side of the head, able to rotate close to 180-degrees, allowing the wearers to see all around them without having to turn their head. This enables human beings to upgrade their vision to that of clumsy chameleons. The exotic animal has a 180-degrees vision thanks to its eyeballs, which can move independently of each other allowing them to have a wider perspective of reality.

The visuals are simultaneously submitted to a Raspberry Pi Computer Module that feeds that vision into a viewing screen. PolyEyes 2.0 is just the tip of the iceberg for the people at Interactive Architecture Lab. Their projects include several other prostheses, including limbs and exoskeleton, to create a conceptual suit. Their design is, as they declare, “part of a continuing process of upgrading the human entity”, a process called The Polymelia Project.

What the project foresees is the PolyEyes being paired to an exo-skeletical suit that connects to the limbs. The integral set-up is mated with that of another user, and together they can share their stimuli with each other.

In the video, posted by Interacted Architecture Lab, the whole design-plan results clearer, showing how people can interact while wearing this "Hammerhead shark” headset.

Story via Slashgear. Image: Vimeo

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