Rob Spence, lost his eye at the age of nine
Rob Spence is an experienced producer who has run his own company and worked in-house at an agency. Broadcast, documentary, writing, content, commercial production, post-production, animation, advertising. I transformed a prosthetic eye into a wireless video camera that Time Magazine has named as one of the 50 best inventions of the year. TEDXToronto and TEDXBrussels speaker that regularly does public speaking about cybernetics, body hacking, and privacy.
One thing that stands out from his numerous projects in recent years is a documentary film about cyborgs, i.e. hybrid beings of man and machine. The Canadian is particularly interested in this for a very simple reason: he is one himself. And jokingly refers to himself as “Eyeborg” with his red robotic eye equipped with a tiny camera.
At the age of nine, while visiting his uncle in Ireland, Spence was playing “Cowboy” outside, wielding a shotgun. As he pulled the trigger, the rifle recoiled, severing his right eyeball in the process. He went blind and eventually lost his eye altogether in his mid-thirties. At the time, Spence was already making documentaries and suddenly recognized a potential that went far beyond that of a conventional glass eye.