Super enhanced vision is something we dream about when we’re kids, only to discover the closest humans can get are corrective lenses or laser surgery. Apparently, that’s not good enough for the Interactive Architecture Lab.

The London-based studio, out of The Bartlett School of Architecture, is interested in the behavior and interaction of things and environments and has revealed their latest experimental project, PolyEyes 2.0. It’s a headset developed to give users a 180-degree field of view. At this point, you may be thinking, ‘Oh, like a bird.’ Actually, most birds have up to a 360-degree view. And guess what? Many athletes have near 180-degree vision. What this device provides is a focused 180-degree field of view around the wearer, without turning their head.

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The device works with the help of two cameras on either side of the headset, running on two Raspberry Pi modules. Each camera splits the field of view down the middle to feed each eye its own input. Yeah, best to show a video of how this actually works. (Try not to laugh at the couple interacting, aka polyeyeing.)

So much awesome, amirite? The future of human interaction right here folks. Potentially, users are suppose to see what the other one does through the headset, which makes this even more trippy. The device is actually part of a larger Polymelia Project, a project that “considers the human body as an assemblage; a collection of heterogeneous components, a material-informational entity whose boundaries undergo continuous construction and reconstruction,” which is to say considers you a host for an exo-skeleton suit.

The PolymeliaProject in all of its glory, complete with PolyEyes headset.
The Polymelia Project in all of its glory, complete with PolyEyes headset.

Maybe we’ll all be wearing these one day. Maybe we won’t. Either way, the process the team went through to make this headset is highly interesting and filled with all sorts of machinery and electronic chicanery. Let’s have a look shall we?

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An example of how PolyEyes is supposed to give each eye a field of vision.

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