IMAGE: Marc Teyssier with the anthropomorphic Webcam „Eyecam “.
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Credit: Thorsten Mohr

With ‘Eyecam’ they now current the prototype of a webcam that not solely seems like a human eye, however imitates its actions realistically. “The goal of our project is not to develop a ‘better’ design for cameras, but to spark a discussion. We want to draw attention to the fact that we are surrounded by sensing devices every day. That raises the question of how that affects us,” says Marc Teyssier. In 2020, the French scientist accomplished his doctorate on the subject of anthropomorphic design in Paris. Now he’s a postdoctoral researcher within the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Saarland University in Germany.

The analysis staff at Saarland Informatics Campus has developed a webcam that not solely seems like a human eye, but additionally realistically imitates unconscious eye actions akin to blinking or elevating the eyebrow. “With ‘Eyecam’ we are exploring the question of whether a technical device should reflect its function in its design,” provides laptop scientist Marion Koelle, who did her doctorate on the social acceptance of body-worn cameras. “There are different ways of seeing, all of which have their own unique connotations, such as observing, recognizing, watching, or even spying. Also, a camera designed as an eye can send nonverbal signals through facial expressions. This opens up a whole new layer of interaction that hasn’t existed in technical devices before,” Koelle provides.

“The research is part of a whole series of work within a large EU-funded project, the ERC Starting Grant ‘InteractiveSkin’. Here we are researching how interfaces that have properties of the human body can improve the interaction between humans and computers,” says lab director Professor Jürgen Steimle.

The researchers use the distinctive capabilities and optics of their new improvement to discover completely different aspects of ubiquitous sensing. Already at present, webcams are a potential privateness danger. ‘Eyecam’ exaggerates this facet, appearing as an observer by opening its eye and monitoring the consumer with its gaze. Alternatively, the anthropomorphic digicam might be used for self-reflection, with the bogus eye getting ever extra drained and repeatedly falling shut because the consumer sits in entrance of the pc late at night time. Or it may tackle the function of a pet that’s merely there, trying round occasionally and reacting with delight when its proprietor enters the room.

“Our application scenarios are fictional and are intended to encourage people to think about how we interact with technical devices today, but also in the future. What is special is that we can experience and recreate our imagined scenarios with the help of a physically existing prototype,” says Marc Teyssier. To attain as many individuals as potential with their thought-provoking improvement, the group has revealed the blueprints for his or her system.


Original Publication:

The authentic publication titled “Eyecam: Revealing Relations between Humans and Sensing Devices through an Anthropomorphic Webcam” was accepted by the world’s largest convention within the area of human-machine interplay. In May, it is going to be revealed on the thirty second “ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)” in Yokohama (Japan). Besides Marc Teyssier and Marion Koelle, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard and Professor Jürgen Steimle, all from Saarland University, have been concerned within the challenge.

A PDF preprint model of the paper may be discovered at:

Further Information: (Video demonstration) (Press photos)

Questions may be directed at:

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +49 681 302 71080

Dr. Marc Teyssier

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +49 681 302 71084

Dr. Marion Koelle

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +49 681 302 71931

Background Saarland Informatics Campus:

800 scientists and about 2100 college students from greater than 80 nations make the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) one of many main areas for laptop science in Germany and Europe. Five world-renowned analysis institutes, particularly the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the Center for Bioinformatics and the Cluster for “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” in addition to Saarland University with three departments and 24 diploma packages cowl your entire spectrum of laptop science.


Philipp Zapf-Schramm

Competence Center Computer Science

Saarland Informatics Campus

Phone: +49 681 302-70741

E-Mail: [email protected]

Public relations work on the Saarland Informatics Campus is supported by the Competence Center Computer Science Saarland, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Saarland State Chancellery.

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