In the ongoing war against online fraud and privacy infringement, a new invention that confuses face recognition technology without affecting vision is the next line of defense.
Two Japanese scientists have developed glasses that prevents internet search engines, social networks, and other services using face recognition technology from identifying photographs of a wearer.
The invention is the work of Isao Echizen, an associate professor at Tokyo’s national Institute of Informatics. Working alongside Professor Seiichi Gohshi from Kogakuin University, the duo developed the glasses, RT.com reports.
The actual mechanics of how they work is astonishingly simple.
The glasses are fitted with near-infrared light sources which distort the features of the person wearing the glasses for cameras but don’t affect his/her vision.
The power source for the glasses is a battery that is placed in and around the wearer’s clothes. But the inventors are now working on a improved “privacy visor” would have an in-built visor, said Eurasia Review.
According to Professor Echizen, the aim of the technology is to protect, “photographed subjects from the invasion of privacy caused by photographs taken in secret and unintentional capture in camera images.”
The idea for the device harks back to when Echizen discovered that Google face recognition technology was able to recognize individuals wearing five different types of sunglasses from multiple angles.
As one might expect, face recognition technology is already used by law enforcement services, internet search engines, and social networks, and it has also been tailored by shops to collect statistical data about customers for marketing.
Corporate interest in the invention is high say the inventors. Mass production of the glasses is reportedly expected to be priced very reasonably at about $1 a pair.