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.

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Chizl (user link) says:

Stopping camera's will only hurt us.

What about all the people caught on camera doing things they shouldn’t.. What if police put it in their cars so people can’t record them beating someone else. On the other side, what’s to say someone putting something like this in their car, so police recorders can’t record them drive off. I’ll take this out of cars, what’s to say drug a house puts this on the outside of their house so police can’t record their actions. What are these people thinking. Some technology is just bad!

Etchy says:

Re: Stopping camera's will only hurt us.

Most police surveillance is done from a much further range than 33 feet. Also, they would need to set up these all around the perimeter of the house for it to be a “shield.”

This CRE technology seems like it’d be best for an environment where disabling it would arouse suspicion. If a drug dealer sets one up to block police surveillance, all the police need is a sharpshooter to disable it. After all, what is the drugdealer going to do? Call the police?

Jens says:

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this would be useful in Saudi Arabia where, until only a year ago, camera phones were still technically illegal. Camera phones are still frowned upon many there as being “too easily abused” — I’m sure every father is now happy that there is technology to prevent his family’s honor from being tarnished by hooligans snapping photos of his daughter’s uncovered face.

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