Entries with tag hidden cameras.

Gates Working on Technology for Preventing Camera Intrusion

Microsoft cofounder and current technology advisor Bill Gates is working on technology for “detecting and responding to an intruding camera,” according to GeekWire. He has been awarded one patent and is working on another. Gates and 17 others -- including Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft chief technology officer who founded the patent holding company Intellectual Ventures, and several principals with Intellectual Ventures-- invented the Unauthorized Viewer Detection System and Method technology in response to privacy concerns arising from the greater use of video cameras for surveillance in public places as well as in personal products such as Google Glass. After detecting a camera, the technology edits or blurs the images taken by the camera while in range of the new technology to obfuscate the user’s image from being gathered or else alerts the user to the camera. It is not clear whether Gates will commercialize the technology.(SlashDot)(GeekWire)

Facial-Recognition Blocking Glasses Designed

Japanese researchers have developed prototype glasses they call a “privacy visor” that are designed to stop users from being detected by hidden cameras using facial-recognition software. Designed by National Institute of Informatics and Kogakuin University researchers, the glasses use a near-infrared light source to create noise that ultimately confuses the software during the facial-recognition process, but the wearer’s vision isn’t impeded. Conventional goggles were augmented with a near-infrared light and power pocket supply. The researchers say the glasses should prevent the “secret and unintentional capture” of a user’s image and subsequent facial recognition, which might be used to obtain other personal information without the user’s consent. (BBC)(National Institute of Informatics)

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