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by Mike Masnick

Fake Backgrounds May Solve Lying Video Phone Caller Problem

from the of-all-the-things-to-be-working-on... dept

Just over a month ago, we wrote about someone predicting that mobile phone video calling would never catch on, mainly because it would make it impossible to lie about your location. While we doubted the number of people who would make buying decisions based on their plans to lie, we also underestimated the fact that companies would already be working on a technology solution to this (potential) problem. Found over at, comes the news of work being done to let video callers put up a fake background to fool those they're talking to. Apparently, they believe they can set up the technology so the foreground will be live video, but the background will be a static image (which they warn users not to include any dated material - such as calendars - in). The next problem to tackle, according to the article: fixing the ambient noise problem that could also give away location (though, that hasn't really harmed the adoption of regular mobile phone usage). Besides, if this fake background stuff really does become popular, we'll hear of not-so-trusting husbands and wives demanding that their significant other move the phone around to show other parts of the "office" they're supposedly in.

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    Michael J, Mar 1st, 2004 @ 7:10am

    Fake backgrounds

    Wouldn't fake backgrounds have their fake calanders set to the correct month?

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    saleh, Mar 1st, 2004 @ 8:07am

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    Ambient noise problem fixed.

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    thecaptain, Mar 2nd, 2004 @ 6:13am

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    Isn't it interesting how much effort is put into helping people lie?

    Its sad really.

    Lies and dirty deeds sell...honesty and ethics don't. :(

    Who's to blame?

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