Privacy Visor makes you invisible to facial recognition technology

By Lawrence Bonk on Jan 17 2013 - 5:31pm

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Everyone knows that we are living in odd times. The more technology advances, the more the notion of privacy recedes into the background like a dunce at a party. Everything we do online is tracked and recorded and most things we do out there in the real world can be captured via camera and recorded as well. And with massive advancements in facial recognition technology, it seems like there is no way to win for the common man who just wants to be left alone once in a while! Well, hold on to your hats, wearable tech might have raced to your rescue.

Isao Echizen and Seiichi Goshi, two researchers at Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics and Kogakuin University, respectively, have created a pair of glasses that uses the magic of infrared light to block facial recognition software. In short, if you are wearing these sweet specs, the Internet won’t be able to tell who you are. You’ll be anonymous, except for all of the people on the street that will be able to, you know, actually see you.

They aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing glasses on the back, being essentially lab glasses with a bunch of lights attached. Still, they do their job nicely and the price will be right. These visors aren’t ready to be sold yet but the creators think they can knock the price down to an extremely reasonable $1 per pair. You read that right. Just a buck. Once these, and glasses like these, become ubiquitous we’ll never have to worry about being caught with our digital pants down again!

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence is an experienced tech writer whose work has appeared in various national and international publications. In addition to writing for the CrunchWear, he fields a weekly tech column with Metro newspapers in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. Additionally, his work has appeared in such varied sources as the Village Voice, the BBC and USA Today. Lawrence lives in Brooklyn, New York with an ornery cat.
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