Don't Take My Picture
from the greased-lens dept
Some Georgia Tech researchers have come up with some technology that detects the presence of digital cameras then shoots a targeted beam of light at them to prevent them taking any legible photos. The device works by sensing infrared light reflected back from the coating on camera lenses, then sends the focused beam directed at the camera. But rather than mentioning anything useful for the technology (like, say, putting it in credit cards to foil those pesky cameraphone identity thieves), CNet focuses on how it could be used to stop video piracy — because, clearly, there’s not enough of that technology already. Should it ever be commercialized, this system will be a godsend to those companies that are scared of cameraphones. While it will make them feel safer, it’s pretty difficult to see how the supposed benefits of camera jamming could outweigh its negative effects.