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January 22 2013

Privacy Visor Blocks Facial Recognition Tech


Growing swarms of facial recognition software can identify people whose faces end up in pictures posted online without their permission. But a new "privacy visor" aims to beat such software by using a dazzling light display to restore a sense of privacy.

The wearable technology takes privacy measures a step beyond the baseball cap and sunglasses worn by celebrities, or even the asymmetrical face paint and hairstyles proposed by a Web designer studying art at New York University. Instead, it embeds LED lighting inside a pair of commercially available goggles to confuse facial recognition software with dazzling near-infrared light "noise.".

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