Camera blinder — paparazzi killer

Monday, September 19th, 2005 11:12 pm by Neal

This is pretty cool. It reminds me of the hypothetical device that, when activated, would disconnect all cell phones within a certain radius, 50 feet for example. Thanks to slashdot for this one. Click here to read the original article.

Incongruity writes “ is reporting that a team from Georgia Tech has developed and demoed a system that actively searches for and effectively blinds cameras and camcorders within a 10 meter radius.” From the article: “In this system, a device bathes the region in front of it with infrared light. When an intense retroreflection indicates the presence of a digital camera lens, the device then fires a localized beam of light directly at that point. Thus, the picture gets washed out.”

This technology seems to be primarily concerned with blinding digital cameras, so perhaps there’s a niche market for film cameras after all. Paparazzi can breathe again.

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