Man who turned eye socket into a flashlight
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Guy Turns His Head Into A Flashlight After Losing An Eye

Because it's 2022 and it's tough to know where the human ends and the cyborg begins, the headline you just read shouldn't be too surprising.

Still, it's hard not to be taken at least a little bit aback by the prospect of a person turning their skull into a Swiss Army knife. The more you read about it, the more it makes sense.

Eye injuries are common.

Close-up of an eyeball
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As a great man once said, the eyes are the groin of the head. They're to be protected at all costs, because they provide a valuable service. But sometimes life happens. An astounding number of eye injuries occur each year.

A machinist lost his eye to cancer.

Brian Stanley, 33, is an engineer and prototype machinist based in Southern California. He immediately captured the internet's attention when he started posting pics of his unusual eye on his @bsmachinist Instagram account.

Life gave him lemons. He made lemonade.

Brian has a number of different things he can plunk into his empty eye socket. What should we call them? Glass eyes? Robo-implants? Flashlights? In any event, he frequently shares some of his handmade creations.

I think this is the most impressive part.

It's one thing to have a collection of glass eyes, but Brian has a full-on flashlight that he can put in his eye socket. Next to a bottle opener, this has to be the most practical thing you could fit in that space.

It's perfectly engineered.

Brian deserves a ton of credit for his creations, but the most practical part of the flashlight owes itself to the geometry of the human head, as its beam will automatically be cast wherever the eye is looking.

What powers it?

Any battery small enough to fit inside the device likely wouldn't power it for long, and it also may be dangerous to literally insert batteries into your skull. But it does appear to have some kind of battery inside.

Which look is best?

I mean, it's a shame that Brian had to lose an eye in the first place, but he's really done something special here. He has a different eyepiece for every day of the week and then some.

He seems to have a limitless supply.

Well, maybe it isn't literally 'limitless.' But Brian clearly spends a lot of time machining the various pieces. He must be the most prolific cyborg eye maker prototype machinist on the entire planet.

How would you react to this?

It's easy to admire this work from afar, but if you were talking to someone with a flashlight for an eye, how long do you think it would take for you to get used to it? Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments.