Paparazzi Protection, Snapchat IRL
October 3, 2014
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Suppose that you’re out having a wild time in Vegas and don’t want to end up in anyone’s pictures. There is now a device for that. I couldn’t find anything more than the Fast Company brief overview, but the basic idea is that the device detects the infrared used by cameras (often used for range finding I guess) and then produces a bright counter flash in the IR spectrum to overexpose and prevent a picture from being taken.
Overall, I am a bit skeptical of how efficacious this will be for most cameras, which include pretty strong IR filters already. Although, apparently sometimes they only have a filter in one of their cameras. It is also likely that fancy trickery with HDR photography would help resolve the bright part (as it is emitting IR light which is going up and getting reflected off the face as well.
Anyway, it’s an interesting concept, and the general problem of preventing imaging is an interesting challenge. Maybe we don’t have invisibility suits, but we may develop ways of being invisible on the ubiquity of imaging technology. Or at least we may have an escalation of technology on that front. Given the concern people have for ubiquitous surveillance and things like Google Glass, I wonder what other technological attempts at privacy may arise.