Leery of Facial Recognition? These Glasses Might Help


If you’re like Rockwell, you always feel like somebody’s watching you. And there’s no better way to fly under the radar of facial recognition systems than by wearing an oversized pair of glasses with nearly half a dozen near-infrared LEDs that show up on security cameras like little solar flares, am I right?

To be fair, the technology—currently in development by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics—looks like it works. And as you can see in the above video, these are just goofy-looking prototypes at the moment. The final version would hopefully be a bit more inconspicuous, preferably without the need to carry around a power source connected to the glasses by a cable.

DigInfo via YouTube

The lights aren’t visible to the human eye—only to certain camera systems. “However,” as DigInfo notes, “because this system utilizes the difference in spectral sensitivity between human vision and imaging devices, another…

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