The Apple™ iEye™ is a bionic visual data management system device produced by Apple Computers™ in 2006. It is used to record, store and playback visual information, as well as to enhance the sense of sight beyond the capabilities of the primitive human eye. Until its release, the iEye was to be called the iBall, or the iEye Captain.
Installation of an iEye™ requires elective surgery, performed under iAnaesthetic™ by an Apple-approved iSurgeon™. The user's human eyes are removed, and an interface is grafted onto the stem of the optic nerve. This interface allows for future upgrading of the iEye™ itself. The iEye™ is then attached to the interface, and is placed within the eye socket. When the user wakes up, they often find themselves dizzy, nauseous and disorientated. The effects soon pass as the user becomes used to the new iEye, and this process can be expediated with the use of iDrugs™.
The iEye™ contains many notable features.
The iEye™ contains a high-resolution 16 megapixel charged-couple device (CCD) similar to those found in a digital camera. This is capable of producing an image of up to 20 times higher resolution than the average "20/20 vision" human eye.
The iEye™ also has a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, which it integrates seamlessly. This gives the iEye™ a summary total of 12x normal human visual magnification. The device's zoom function is activated by the user squinting their eyelids and craning their neck.
The iEye™ enables users to record visual data, which can be stored on the iEye's™ internal 10Gb hard drive, or Quicktime™-encoded and uploaded to iSights.com™, Apple's™ revolutionary new website where users can share their favourite sights with friends and strangers around the world. All iSights™ recorded with the iEye, whether uploaded to iSight.com™ or not, immediately become the copyright of AppleCorps™.
In addition to the iEye's™ recording capability, users can also watch their favourite iSights™ directly on their iEye™, in full true-3D stereo vision.
The iEye™ is currently only available in Japan and Romania, with a global launch anticipated in time for Christmas 2010. Apple™ are offering a special iSurgery™ service where consumers buying an iEye™ set as a gift can arrange to have the system installed while the recipient sleeps on the night of Christmas Eve. The Apple™ promotional website states, "Imagine your child's delight when he/she awakes on Christmas morning to find their new iEye™ installed and ready to use!" Upgrades will be made available January-February 2011.