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HP turns off prying cell phones

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HP turns off prying cell phones

Rome – The idea may seem strange but the HP researchers have worked on it for so long that in 2003 they applied for a patent for a technology capable, they say, of preventing photophones and digital cameras from acting without the consent of those who are being filmed.

The idea of ​​patent number 20040202382 is quite simple. It envisages that a sophisticated software device for altering the images recorded by digital shooting systems is integrated into photophones, cameras and so on. A software that can be activated by a remote controller: when activated, the captured images are made less clear and, in particular, the face is made unrecognizable. The software would in fact be able to identify in the photograph the possible presence of a face in the foreground.

Although this last aspect of the technology is not a big news, because there are several tools designed to “analyze” the images taken by a digital camera, the question of the remote controller is much more complex. The patent, in fact, provides that the person who does not want to be filmed operates the controller and therefore remotely activates the software in all digital recording devices that are nearby, thus mitigating the risk of ending up in a photo against his will. .

In detail, the patent is described as follows: “The photo of a scene is modified by identifying an inhibition signal emanating from an inhibiting device carried into an object that is inside the scene. In response to the inhibiting signal, the system identifies a portion of the image that corresponds to the object. The scene is then modified by obscuring the portion of the image linked to the object ”.

The difficulties of using such a system are evident. To work, in fact, this device would have to be included by all manufacturers in all cams, overcoming the probable hostility of many buyers. And a production agreement of this type on a global scale appears so complex that it is not surprising that HP itself has reiterated that it has no intention of marketing this technology for now …