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Friday, June 29, 2012

Enabling the creepers, 2012 edition

Let's say you're a creeper and you want to take pictures of people out in the world for your own nefarious purposes. Right now, that means whipping out a camera and doing something obvious with it. That might mean a pocket-sized point and shoot or (more likely) a cell phone these days, but it's obvious. You have a device in your hands, and it's clear that you are using it.

Now let's say you wanted to be able to shoot these pictures without people finding out. You'd need a camera which is aimed in the right general direction all the time. Maybe it would look where you look, so you could aim it trivially.

That's a start, but you can't just strap a cell phone to your head to shoot videos or stills. Well.. okay, you can, but it would look even more obvious than just holding the thing and click-click-clicking away.

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. Make the camera part of your eyewear, and just say it's so you can get on the Internet hands-free. All of that crazy optic stuff is for your own vision, and it can't possibly be facing outward...

I mean, it's not like you're planning to go ogle people, right?

Fortunately, there's not a conference full of people hooting and hollering at pictures of bikini models while other people skydive in with the magic head-mounted optical eyewear. That would never happen.

Nah. Never happen.