Privacy visor could thwart facial recognition technology
22 January, 2013
Japanese researchers have developed a “privacy visor” that could help wearers become “invisible” to facial recognition technology that’s used in surveillance efforts, reports Slate.
Researchers Isao Echizen of Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics and Seiichi Gohshi of Kogakuin University spent months doing research on ways that could prevent facial recognition software from tracking information on ordinary citizens. They came up with a pair of high-tech glasses that emit a near infrared light. This light can block facial recognition camera.
The privacy visor looks like a clear shield that contains small circular lights that can be seen only by cameras. The lights are wired and battery-operated. The wearer can carry the battery in a pocket.
This invention is one of a number of products that are popping up that attempt to hide people from surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology.
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