Interesting Research! FaceBlock App Allows Google Glass Users to Take Privacy-Aware Pictures
The following technology is under development as a collaborative project by the UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) ebiquity group and Distributed Information Systems (DIS) at the University of Zaragoza in Spain.
FaceBlock is a proof of concept implementation.
From theebiquity Blog:
FaceBlock helps to protect the privacy of people around you by allowing them to specify whether or not to be included in your pictures.
FaceBlock takes regular pictures taken by your smartphone or Google Glass as input and converts it into privacy-aware pictures. This output is generated by using a combination of Face Detection and Face Recognition algorithms. By using FaceBlock, a user can take a picture of herself and specify her policy/rule regarding pictures taken by others (in this case ‘obscure my face in pictures from strangers’). The application would automatically generate a face identifier for this picture. This identifier is an eigenface which is a mathematical representation of the image.
Your image identifier (eigenface) and your data policy are then shared with others (Google Glass users and other mobile devices) using Bluetooth.
The blog post concludes:
The pervasiveness of privacy-aware pictures could be a right step towards balancing privacy needs and comfort afforded by technology. Thus, we can get the best out of Wearable Technology without being oblivious about the privacy of those around you.
Watch a Video Demo of FaceBlock
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.