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Iris: A Crazy New Camera Controlled By Your Eyes

While many photographers feel like their camera is an extension of themselves, Iris, the new concept camera from Mimi Zou, is exactly that. All of the functionality of this camera is controlled by the photographer’s eye.


The human eye can do amazing things but this biometrics-enabled camera really harnesses the basic functions of the eye to manipulate the workings of the camera. Looking becomes focusing, narrowing or widening the eyes controls zoom, and blinking snaps the photo.

Part of the beauty of Iris is in it’s simplicity: Functionality seems no more complex than it needs to be. The photographer in me is excited by the possibility of capturing things as I see them. Part of what was so awesome about Canon’s eye-controlled focusing (which they’ve unfortunately stopped featuring) was the ability to capture fast-paced events as you were looking at them.

Zou’s video hints at the possibility of social integration into the camera. She makes the usage of the camera look completely intuitive. This isn’t only a camera for the photography geeks out there (although it’s definitely something they’d be into), but something that can be used by anyone with a little practice, to capture the world as they see it.


While this is just a concept camera, it is definitely an exciting one. Technology, at its best, is really just an extension of ourselves and our lives. With the enticing new developments related to Google Glass, it's clear that people are interested by and engaged with technology that tries to operate seamlessly with our own senses. Iris really embodies that aesthetic with its simple connection of human vision and photography.

Would you like to take a picture with a blink of an eye? Does this seem too good to be true? Tell us your reaction to Iris in the comments below or tweet it to us.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*