South Korean designer Paeng Minwook has invented a forehead-mounted digicam that’s meant to criticize the modern-day smartphone person who spends an inordinate period of time wanting down at their telephones and never at doable obstacles of their path.
Minwook calls such folks “Phono Sapiens” and refers to them as a brand new human species born from smartphones.
“Smartphones have deeply permeated into trendy folks’s lives, which made it troublesome for us to stay with out them,” he writes in an Instagram publish describing his invention. “That is perceived negatively, however the evolution to Phono Sapiens of mankind is undeniably a actuality. So I accepted the truth that the human physique is managed by smartphones as a optimistic change. This offers us a broad perspective on the unfinished Phono sapiens. It additionally permits us to foretell and suggest totally advanced technology of Phono Sapiens.”
He refers to his invention because the “first evolution” in direction of melding with smartphones.
“We are able to’t take our eyes off of our smartphones whereas strolling. That’s why we advanced to have a 3rd eye. This eye strikes individually from the remainder of the eyes and it opens when our earlier eyes are smartphone,” Minwook continues.
The Third Eye is clearly satire, and Minwook’s foremost objective is to name consideration to a habits that he finds unsettling.
“This mission is not only a standard product design, however extra of an ironic or vital design. By ‘The Third Eye,’ I hope folks can criticize our behaviors and rethink about ourselves evolving to Phono Sapiens than resolve the issues we encounter within the current.”
Minwook was significantly devoted to the Third Eye as a useful system regardless of the intent for it to be a critique of society greater than an actual product — a lot so he spent about six weeks engaged on the protype seen within the video above and on his Instagram.
It’s geared up with a sensor that measures the angle of the system and it’s connected to the again of the pinnacle. That sensor can detect when the wearer’s head is tilted down and can open the Third Eye’s eyelid and permit the ultrasonic sensor within the “eye” to detect obstacles in entrance of the person and can inform the wearer with a buzzer.
Intelligent satire may also help elicit optimistic change in society, however it stays to be seen if that can find yourself being the case right here — smartphones actually do pull folks’s consideration in a means that’s laborious to interrupt away from. You may see extra of Minwook’s work on his Instagram.