Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Blocking digital cameras

BoingBoing writes about new technology that can detect and blind digital cameras:

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers developed a system that scans an area for the CCDs in digital still and video cameras. Once it locates one, the system would shine a laser into the CCD to "neutralize" its imaging capabilities.

The list of suggested applications is ... interesting:
  • Preventing movie piracy

  • Stopping industrial espionage

  • Blocking people from taking photos of their kids with Santa at a shopping mall

One the inventors missed is stopping people from taking photos of public areas. Heaven forbid if people could just take a photo of the landscape without money changing hands.

See also this news release.

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