Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

The Anti-Camera

PostedJuly 9, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  Engineers are exploring several potential anti-digital camera techniques.  Some shield films from bootleggers.

Edward Delp:  You can actually insert certain patterns in the movie that you can’t see, but the camera would have a hard time recording.

Randy Atkins:  Edward Delp, of Purdue University, says other technologies use light rays to both find and disable cameras without damaging them.

Edward Delp:  They interfere with the way the camera makes the image, so it distorts or doesn’t record the picture.

Randy Atkins:  Delp says such camera jamming isn’t quite ready for primetime, but...

Edward Delp:  It’s coming, there’s no doubt about it.

Randy Atkins:  So paparazzi beware.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.