From Japan, privacy glasses thwart facial recognition technologies

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It's no secret that facial recognition technologies are becoming increasingly common, with applications ranging from security to targeted marketing. For those uncomfortable with the idea of a world without anonymity, however, two Japanese professors have invented privacy-protecting glasses designed specifically to thwart such facial recognition attempts. Developed by Isao Echizen of Japan's National Institute of Informatics and Seiichi Gohshi of Kogakuin University, the new glasses incorporate a near-infrared light source that affects only the camera and not people's vision. So, the glasses look like a simple pair of goggles to people nearby; for cameras, however, the near-infrared LEDs built in…

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