Smile for the camera!


Do surveillance cameras make you squirm? In our age of heightened IDPS
IDPS in action, photo courtesy Miquelmora.com
British artist Miquel Mora is sparking debate with the Identity Protection System -- a small sticker one can wear that causes their image to distort when recorded by a video camera (see photo.) Mora recently presented this project at Royal College of Art's Great Exhibition.

The prototype Mora built uses Processing, an open source programming language for interactive experiences, to detect and respond to the stickers. (Download Processing free here to try it out!) Mora sees this little device being incorporated into jewelry or clothing -- to give the wearer the security of knowing they can't be captured on video without their consent.

Of course, this item raises huge security concerns -- but, as Mora says, IDPS "is like any other technology ... what is bad is the way we use it."

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

I remember something similar to this a couple years ago when London first started to get obscene with the video cameras. Someone invented a hooded jersey with LED lights all around the edge. The light from the LEDs essentially whited out any image of your face on the video camera.

posted on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 1:19pm
Amanda Luker's picture
Amanda Luker says:

Yes, I suppose there are some less programming-heavy ways of accomplishing the same objective! I guess the only difference is how obtrusive or -- even visible -- the device is.

posted on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 9:17am
Eva Chance's picture
Eva Chance says:

This exibit is very intersting and helpful to you knowledge of learning. i got to learn some insiteful input on the world around me. It helps you reliaze the pact you can make on the communty around you. I got to experince this adventure with some entegering people. we will from now on be more eviromental to our suroundings

Eva Chance

posted on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 1:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we came from uruguay(south america) this was a great exhibit.
los qremos muchonosotros los mas mejores for ever

posted on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 2:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think its a great idea.. especially in this world of you tube and other sites that allow video to be submitted without consent..

posted on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 12:53pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Hey that's a great point I hadn't even thought of. I've been at several parties lately where people were doing ridiculous stuff and people joked that we should be filming this and posting it to YouTube. But obviously for many people that isn't a joke. I kind of like the idea of a device that could save you from embarrassing internet famousness as well. This could have saved that kid with the light saber a lot of grief.

posted on Sat, 07/07/2007 - 9:22am

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