Researchers Claim Progress in Device to Disable Digital Cameras
"Researchers [at Georgia Tech] have built a prototype device that disables digital cameras. Future versions might thwart unwanted photo-taking at a specific location and even prevent clandestine videos from being made.
"The technology might one day prevent espionage in a building or stop pirating of movies from theaters.
"It could even be used to stop Mom from taking pictures of her child with Santa to avoid paying for the professional shot.
"The device uses sensors, lighting equipment, a projector and a computer to scan for, find and neutralize digital cameras. It looks for the reflectivity and shape of the image-producing sensors used in digital cameras. Future versions might operate in the invisible infrared range so the neutralizing technology would work unnoticed...."
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with thanks to R.S.
Featured Comment by Robert Roaldi: "Ok, but where are the cell phone jammers? That's what we really need.
"What about BS detectors? Man, could we use some of those.
"But what we really want is a time interpolator. Take a picture of a bank at 10:00 am and then again at 10:30 am and then interpolate to 10:16 am when it was being robbed and catch the guys.
"Seriously though, if they could plant these anti-digicam devices at those target-rich New York city bridges, we might not have to read about all those photographers being hassled by security guards that are protecting us from terrorists...."
Mike Comments: Don't anybody kid themselves...this technology is being developed for one purpose, which is to prevent the use of stationary videocameras in darkened commercial movie theaters, and that's pretty much all.