Reclaim Your Privacy With Glowing Glasses That Foil Facial Recognition

In a time when it seems like the privacy we all enjoyed was just a smokescreen, it's nice to know there's at least one way to fight back against all the systems designed to keep track of our comings and goings. Developed by Japan's National Institute of Informatics, these glasses include eleven LEDs that blast a privacy curtain of near-infrared light to obscure your face.

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It's invisible to the human eye, but to most cameras the near-infrared light will prevent facial recognition systems from registering the wearer's face. Because unlike a pair of regular sunglasses, the LEDs are strategically placed to illuminate the eyes and nose, which facial recognition systems usually look for as dark and shadowed areas. Unfortunately the glasses won't foil cameras that are unaffected by infrared light, but when used alongside an outrageous oversized Groucho Marx moustache, neither man nor machine should be able to pick you out in a crowd.

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Reminds me of this. During WW-II Yehudi Lights were installed on aircraft to reduce their contrast with the brighter sky background, making them less visible during daylight. Back then there was a lot more at stake than just getting Glassed during a lap dance.

NB: "Yehudi" was a '30s catchphrase meaning something invisible.