1. Standard Cybernetic Eye
The standard cybernetic eye is a replacement eye and has no special features, or appearance and closely resembles a normal human eye. These eyes are widely available, and range from cheap and poorly made exports, to top of the line models that cannot be discerned from normal eyes.
2. Zeiss Cybernetic Eye
The Zeiss Eye is a superior cybernetic eye and has superhuman visual acuity. These eyes offer perfect vision, and are only available in pairs, as having only one would could visual dissonance, headaches, and vertigo.
3. Zeiss Eagle Eye
The Eagle Eye is specifically manufactured for extreme long range vision, mimicking the vision of birds of prey. These expensive optics can allow a person to read a book from a hundred feet away, and a sniper to aim accurately at distances measured in miles.
4. Laser Eye (Hold Out)
The Laser Eye is a hold out weapon, and resembles a normal mass produced cybernetic eye. It provides no visual data, but is actually a one shot laser device. This is short range, and short duration, but it is typically enough to cut through a door lock, sever bonds, or decapitate an unsuspecting target.
5. Improved Laser Eye
The Improved Laser Eye can only be fitted to a cyborg with an internal power source. The eye is the same laser assembly as the hold out model, but being tied into the cyborg's power system, the eye is capable of repeated use. The range remains short and duration is limited to the heat generated inside the eye from sustained firing. It will become painful to the cyborg long before it's hot enough to damage the optics.
6. Desperate Grenade Eye
The Desperate Grenade Eye is a micro-explosive and as it's name indicates, it's only used in desperate situations. Normally the eye is removed from the socket, crushed in the hand and thrown where it detonates seconds later. The blast is half the strength of a typical hand grenade, ans is concussion only. This can shatter doors, destroy delicate machinery, or wound or kill someone if the eye is crushed in their pocket. There is a remote version of the eye that can be detonated by an observer, but this is typically confined to illegal use, where black market cyborgs unwittingly carry a head popper in their eye socket.
7. Thermoscopic Eye
The thermoscopic eye has a basic visual input mode, and a thermal mode, allowing the eye to switch between normal and heat vision. This sort of optic has been available for military and security cyborgs for years, as it is useful in night time operations, searching locations, and tracking people on the run.
8. Low Level Vision Eye
The low level vision eye, also known as a green eye, lets the wearer see in extremely low light conditions, creating a monochrome visual input. The default setting for this technology was originally green, and traditionally it remains so, but most have the ability to be altered to any color the user desires.
9. Recorder Eye
An old style optic, the Recorder has a small amount of internal memory, allowing the eye to store visual data, either in the form of still captures, a recorded video, or in the case of higher end models, streaming feeds to other data nodes. Originally designed for spies and espionage, the optic found a market in POV movie makers, performance artists, extreme athletes, and others who enjoy sharing their experiences.
10. Targeting Eye
The Targeting Eye is a precursor to the modern SmartGun system, and allowed for a gun user to link their artificial eye to a sensor on their weapon, creating a targeting indicator in just their field of vision. This was transmitted only to the eye, so it can be layered with external optics like headwear goggles and such. These systems require more training than a SmartGun, but are also much more difficult to detect, and more difficult to spoof.
11. Cosmetic Eye
The Cosmetic Eye is a standard optic implant with a customizable cornea, allowing the user to pick what their new eye looks like. Cosmetic eyes emulate animal eyes, or are a single color, such as solid black, or white. This is often done for shock effect. There are also eyes that have internal light sources, that can be turned on to shine. This has the effect of looking cool, but the downside of reducing visual ability by half.
12. Smart Eye
One of the stillborn ideas of the hypernet, precursor to the 3rdNet, was the PAN, or Personal Area Network, and was a conglomeration of all the internet capable devices being carried by a person, and a visual display that used these connections to interact with various physical nodes of the hypernet. The SmartEye was able to transmit ads and visual information tailored for a customer directly to their brain. A cutting edge design, the networked SmartEye was found to be disorienting and caused a number of accidents before it was pulled from the market. A class action lawsuit over ad induced seizures and strokes put the company that manufactured the SmartEye was put out of business. With software no longer being used to generate content for SmartEyes, these black market antiques are still used to detect networks and test security systems.
13. Instagram Eye
This optic alters visual information before it is transmitted to the brain, the most common use being to apply 'filters' to the data being received. This can range from art house offerings like altering the hue, saturation, blocking some colors and enhancing others, or inverting the color palette completely. This is a popular modification for people interested in altering their perceptions.
14. Playback Eye
The Playback Eye was derived from the Recorder Eye, as the first recorders had to be downloaded elsewhere before the data could be reviewed. The playback eye allowed the optic to accept an outside data source as if it were visual data. Playback eyes with data connections are popular among media aficionados as it allows them to stream entertainment directly to their brain without relying on an external piece of hardware. The mode of the playback is such that no one else would even know they were watching a data stream, making it easy to keep up on current events during travel, or more defiantly, watching low grade porn on public transit.
15. PornFlix Eye
A variation on the Playback Eye, the PornFlix Eye is a playback that was corporate designed for porn consumption. These are typically solid but low end optics.
16. Scanner Eye
The CogNet generates avatars from scans of real world objects, as a more efficient model than layering together a series of images and making up the difference in the processors. Scanners have existed in both sized and later hand held size models, but the Scanner Eye is the pinnacle of this technology. A viewer only need keep focused on what they want to scan, and the eye will keep scanning the target object, transferring that data to a CogNet server where it can be compiled into a virtual object. This is popular among paparazzi and spies.
17. LaForge Eye
The LaForge Eye is an arcanotech device that translates EM radiation into visual data. This optic is rare and very expensive, and only seen on the possession of arcanotechnicians. The biggest issue with the device is that the longer it is on, the more the psyche of the user is degraded and the more insane they become. Most technicians don't use the eye for more than a few minutes at a time out of fear of the device.
18. Backscatter Eye
The Backscatter Eye is an arcanotech device that allows the wearer to see through objects, transmitting the data in an x-ray like fashion. The eye is mildly radioactive and the wearer is advised to take Rad-Away pills so long as they have the eye in place and are actively using it.
19. MarkerLight Eye
The MarkerLight Eye was engineered for special forces, commandos and spies. The eye can transmit telemetry data and serve as a designator for guided munitions like missiles, smart rounds, or the provide coordinates for aircraft pick up or surveillance drones. It functions as a normal cybernetic eye, and most, being military gear, have thermal or some other basic function integrated. These eyes are often stylized with cross hairs so that officers and other soldiers know that the user has the ability to call in artillery without tools.
20. BESM Macro-Eye
Designed originally as a joke, BESM created an oversized optic piece to emulate the appearance of anime characters. To have these optics implanted, a person would have to have reconstructive surgery on their face to enlarge the eye sockets to hold such large units. To their horror, and profit, there is a steady demand for these oversized optics. Aside from being much larger than a normal eye, they function as per a standard cybernetic eye, and are easily upgraded with cosmetic options.
21. Optical Visor
The poor man's optics, the visor emulates the effect of the standard cybernetic eye, but does so through a bulky facial appliance that connects to data meshes at the temples. The visor is easily removable, and easily dropped, leaving the owner completely blind. Visors are typically only seen on patients in transition for eye replacement, veterans, or those who are too poor to purchase cybernetic eyes and have to rely on the public benefice from the public hospitals.
22. Designer Visor
The Designer Visor resembles a high end pair of foil sunglasses and functions the same as an optical visor, but does so without looking cheap. These units are expensive, and aside from their slightly bulkier sidebands, are indistinguishable from normal sunglasses. These units have glare compensators, UV filtering, and enhanced vision traits, and are more likely to be used by celebrities and the wealthy who haven't given up on their organic eyes yet.
The Eye-Borg is a cybernetic eye with a short range transmitter and a spider like chassis that it can use to scout away from the wearer. The chassis doesn't fit into the eye socket, and has to be carried elsewhere, but it is small and easily folds down to fit in a tactical pocket. The eye is removed and placed in the 'spider' and can be remote controlled by the user to look around corners, investigate small spaces and generally act as a very sneaky scout. When it returns to the user, it can be put back in and given time to recharge before being sent out sneaking again.
24. Armored Eye
In more extreme conditions, the eye is particularly vulnerable. The Armored Eye provides the standard optical function, often improved with a variety of features like enhanced, long range, motion detection, and so forth added, and has armored petals that curl around the unit to protect it. These are reflexive in nature, and can go a long way to saving a soldier's sight when exposed to shrapnel, radiation, anti-retina lasers, and so forth. These are bulky, inconvenient, and impossible to hide. Under the armor, the eye is a rather featureless grey orb with a single bright pinpoint lens.
25. Aquatic Eye
Designed for extreme environments, the aquatic eye is intended for underwater use. The eye has processors to compensate for the light defracting nature of water as well as other filters to counter the effects of living in a liquid medium. Sea eyes are commonly found on seacology builders and techs, and other people who make their living under the oceans.
26. FourEyes System
The FourEyes System originated in Hollywood, as it allowed for monster prosthetics to be made without the man inside the costume being blind, or modifying a costume to have eye holes. This technology would be used in creating some ultralight power armors, grafting the optic sensors directly to the trooper. The FourEyes system differs from the integrated cranial helmet in that it is a mask that is easily fitted to the face. The eyes of the mask can be set with many of the above mentioned models, and integrates into the wearer through a data mesh implant. The mask offers armor protection, identity protection, and enhanced optics without having your eyeballs surgically removed. FourEyes range from full face masks to minimal 'Domino' style masks, and are popular among special forces, and shadowrunners. They are frequently modified with breathing filters, voice modulators, and cosmetic upgrades.
27. Ghost Eye
A seemingly solid slate grey sphere, the Ghost Eye is a very high end piece of arcanotechnology. Once installed into an eye socket, the unit connects through the user's own nervous system and they can see ghostly shadows and eddies in the air around them as they perceive the psychic echoes and residues around them. These are used primarily for investigating dimensional fatigue events, crime scenes, and by Goth entertainers.
28. MagnaOptic 'Polyphemus' Unit
The Polyphemus Unit is one of a handful of giant cybernetic eyes. Polyphemus is eight inches wide and can only be mounted on a person with extensive cybernetic upgrades and altered metabolism. This later point is important as very little of the face will remain after the unit is installed. The visual range of the Polyphemus is astounding, and can match the accuracy of 20th century 20m telescopes, but with better computer control systems. The first unit was made for an astronomer who would later transfer his brain and vital viscera into a compact robot body to continue his work without biological distraction.
29. Uzemaki Psychotronic Optic
The Uzemaki eye looks normal until it's psychotronic feature is activated. When activated, the eye changes colors and patterns while projecting a mesmeric field. The unit allows for a contest of wills between the eye bearer and a victim they have made eye contact with. Should the victim fail to resist, they become docile and accepting, and are suggestible. This ranges from implanting and burying instructions to turn random people into sleepers, or simply forcing someone to do something against their will. Victims of the eye will complain of headaches, nightmares, and loss of self control for some time after being exposed to one.
30. Multifaceted Eye
Emulating the structure of insect eyes, the MF Eye is composed of thousands of simple light sensors. Individually they provide little data, but in their tight clusters they are very responsive to motion, and are quite useful to pilots and other individuals who rely on their reflexes, or need to have a large situational awareness. These units, despite their high functionality, are not popular. They are bulky, very unattractive, and require powering down to sleep as they are too large to support eyelids. Install these, and you'll never blink again. Bug Eyes are much more common on machines, where the machine doesn't care about the biological side effects of the eyes.
Most consumer goods these days include RFID tags. The augmented eye is able to detect the RFID tags and can, upon request, display information about the item that appears to be hovering near it.
These are like Standard Eyes, but come with a remote off switch and are used to replace the eyes of convicted criminals. If a prisoner starts fighting or rioting in prison then his or her eyes are turned off from the prison control room until the trouble has stopped and occasionally as a punishment for up to ten days. If the prisoner escapes, they have to cross a line which (unless they have been formally cleared to leave by the governor) cuts out their sight until they either return to prison or the black market and their friends on the outside get them new cybernetic eyes.
Once released formally they act like normal cybernetic eyes except they can be remotely turned off if the parolee breaks parole.
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A good 30! Lots of neat ideas here.
The Eye-borg could have its chassis disguised as a set of sunglasses or regular glasses.