Recently at the Georgia Institute of Technology, researchers completed a prototype device that locates digital cameras in a certain area and renders them unusable. They say this technology could be pivotal in preventing recording of copyrighted material, especially in movie theaters.
The device scans the area for certain sensors found in digital cameras that produce the image and then send a thin beam of white light at the sensor, obscuring the camera from seeing anything but the light.The research team says they need to create a better, more efficient algorithm for the device, so that it doesn't receive false signals from similar objects, like a bright earring. They also have not received enough funding at this point to go commercial just yet. But I wouldn't be surprised if this surfaced in movie theaters across the country in 10 years' time.
Of course, this would open the floodgate to all kinds of other, more annoying restrictions. Imagine Disney World installing an all-encompassing device like this, blocking your digital cameras so that they could force you to buy pictures directly from them. It would be tough to regulate this technology.
Via Digital Photography blog.
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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