Animal Eyes

2017 - 2018
Royal College of Art
Design Products

This project is about exploring how it would be like to see the world with animals eyes. In the course of biological evolution, each creature has developed unique eyes that best suit their survival. Our group played with mirrors, used reflection to make prototypes. We hope to give people new perspectives of the world through visual experiments.

Lots of animals, like birds, have their eyes on each side of their head, while we have both eyes in the front. This prototype uses reflectors to change the visual direction of each of the tester's eyes, letting the tester can only see left side and right side with one of their eyes.

According to the experiment feedback, the left side view and right side view will mix together in the brain. The brain will be in a mess at the beginning and then start to shift focus on the left side image or the right side image. This can lead to dizziness and losing direction.

One surprising finding is that when there are two people standing on each side of the tester, different images of two faces will star to mix in the tester's brain. At a specific moment, two faces can perfectly mix with each other to one face, and the tester can not tell that he is simultaneously looking at two different faces. This may be because the brain's general perception of the face allows it to automatically match the different organs on the two faces together.

This prototype changes people's eye distance to be as wide as a hammer shark. The left and right side of the prototype can also rotate individually to change eye view direction like a chameleon.

Experiments showed that the flexibility of each eye's perspective affects the sense of direction. Images obtained from each eye are not changing in the right way according to common sense, which can confuse the brain when the tester is moving forward.

The change of eye distance affects our recognition of own body. When the tester saw an object through the goggle, he was trying to grab the object in front of him, but actually, the object was more on the side. This was because the brain doesn't realize the change of eye distance, and still thinks that the image he saw was the scene of what happened right in front of his face. Then he made the wrong judgment of the object's position. But after a while, his brain got used to his new eyes and he could act better.