Think about it. Should TF eyes glow?

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  1. scubaboy31

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    After thinking about it, this has really started to bug me. Lets assume that TF eye's work as a lens, like ours, that process the light that passes into them into images. That means light has to pass into them rather than be output by them. If their eyes glow, they shouldn't be able to see.

    Looking back, glowing eyes weren't used on TFs at all really. The only time their eyes would glow is when they'd surge briefly in the G1 cartoon, such as when prime died.

    Recent comics have really taken this over the top though where their eyes are like frikkin bulbs lighting up their heads.

    So how do people feel about this. Glowing eyes just have stopped making sense to me now, and I'd rather see them used sparingly from now on.
     
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    How do you know that their eyes are actually what they see through, and not a means of transmitting information instead?

    The eyes are the window to the spark.
     
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    I like the glowing eyes, makes them look "alive".
     
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    Maybe their eyes work like a laser? They emit light, and through that light, they scan the objects and picture them in their mind? Kind of like a light-sonar.
     
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    Robotic "eyes" don't exactly work like ours.
     
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    I remember Dreamwave really went mad on light-up eyes on the shiny cover version of the first issue. Every TF on that cover looked like their eyes were shooting beams out. Ruined it.
     
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    Actually things like lenses for cameras and what we'd use on our own robotics do work on the principle that light entering the lens (or 'eye') is the primary source of information.

    Camera lenses don't glow, neither do the 'eyes' of any robot we've built that can see.

    You can argue alien technology and all that but I'm asking you to think based off scientific theory over 'I like glowy eyes'.
     
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    The eyes of a TF are like what an on button is to the human race. We equate "on" with some sort of glowing light, thus psychologically we know they're alive, versus a pair of blank, dead, black eyes usually means death or some kind of an offline status (think Prime's death in the movie; not only did his body turn ashen gray, but his eyes dimmed and eventually went out, which did more to signify his death than almost anything else). I think the glow is more for the readers/watchers to easily distinguish their status. I like it, and I'm used to it. How the eyes actually work should be left a mystery; when we try to deconstruct alien technology, it doesn't seem so alien anymore.
     
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    They should only glow if they have good light-piping. :) 
     
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    How about this:

     
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    Why wouldn't they glow? In dark an expanded exposure and flash are needed. Some robotics eyes are surrounded by light to help focus better in dark.

    Some sonar lenses use light.
     
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    Optic Sensors, not eyes.
     
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    Glowling eyes are cool and should always been on TFs.
     
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    A cool idea, but light reflective imaging would be far less efficient and useful than sound-based sonar due to light's wave-particle duality as well as its tendency for transmission, refraction, and absorption in many surfaces, where imaging would only truly be possible on highly reflective surfaces, unless a separate (and gigantic) set of arrays were used to "catch" the light emitted by the "eye". In a best case scenario, it would work like having a camera with a flashlight attached on the end.


    We've seen the eyes do other things besides see in various series, like project holograms, offensive weaponry, display diagnostic data, and interface with computer systems. Maybe the "glow" is more related to these systems than optics.
     
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    I see.
    On the other hand, we could "explain" those problems with the old "It's Super-Advanced Alien Technology, we don't have to explain it" argument.

    If that doesn't work either, we could say Transformers are like Daradevil in the comic books [at least as far as I remember]: All of his sensorial systems were multiplied tenfold, so they work together to allow greater perception.

    In other words, Transformers would use the "light-sonar", the sound-sonar and various other types of technology all together to perceive their surroundings.
     
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    Tread winner! :D 
     
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    Pretty much how I have always taken it.
     
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    It doesn't bother me. Certain lights on appliances glow all of the time so why not a living robot. Plus I view TF eyes as a sort of sensor and certain sensors glow too I believe.
     
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    but if the eyes kept blinking 12:00 would it bother you?
     
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    I think they blink to adjust the focus of their "eyes", to focus on someting closer or something more distant [or increase focus, lower focus, etc]
     

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