Visual Eyes
VisualEyes is a software which allows you to compute spherical panoramas, spherical environment maps and, most importantly, retinal images from images of eyes. As a result, it enables you to look around the world surrounding the person in the image, view it from the person's point of view, estimate the lighting conditions of the scene, etc. Please see this tutorial for a preview of what can be done with VisualEyes. For details of the underlying algorithm and implications, please refer to

"The World in an Eye,"
K. Nishino and S.K. Nayar,
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR),
Vol. I, pp. 444-451, Jun. 2004.
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"Eyes for Relighting,"
K. Nishino and S.K. Nayar,
ACM Transactions on Graphics (also Proc. of SIGGRAPH),
Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 704-711, Jul. 2004.
[PDF] [bib] [©] [Project Page]

In order to obtain a copy of the win32 binary code for VisualEyes, please carefully read the following copyright notice and fill out the request form. To license the source code for VisualEyes for commercial applications, please contact

Copyright 2004 © Columbia University. All rights reserved.

Permission to use this software solely for educational and research purposes is hereby granted without fee. All other rights, including the rights to distribute, modify, or sell the software, are explicitly reserved by Columbia University. Please contact the authors if you with to make any modifications or additions to the software.
This software is provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express, implied or otherwise including without limitation, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
This software uses the FOX Toolkit Library (

VisualEyes Request Form

We are distributing the win32 binary code for VisualEyes by physical media (CD-ROM). This request form must be filled by a full-time employee of the requesting organization. Students must provide their advisors' names and e-mail addresses.
Please allow 3-5 weeks between request and shipment of the CD-ROM. We reserve the right to decide not to send a copy to the requester without notification.

E-mail Address
Advisor's Name (if you are a student)
Advisor's E-mail Address (if you are a student)
Phone Number
Mailing Address
Intended Use of VisualEyes

After submitting your request, you will see a confirmation page. Please do not click the Send Request button more than once.
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