Washington: Researchers at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan have reportedly designed 'anti-Glass' specs which can block Google's high tech eye wear Google Glass' face recognition technology.

The specs are fitted with 11 near infrared LEDs, which shine brightly making the camera unable to recognize a face, a news channel reports.

NII associate professor Isao Echizen explained the technology and said that the light from the LEDs is otherwise not visible to the human eye but when it passes through the camera's imaging device it appears bright and confuses the lens in recognizing a face.

The Google Glass connects wirelessly to a smartphone using Bluetooth technology and the wearer sees the functions as 'visions'. These 'visions' play in front of the eyes of the wearer sans a physical screen.
Despite its intended use in the field of medicine and social media, the technology has been widely questioned for its privacy safeguards and recently officials from six nations have sent a joint letter to Google setting a series of queries regarding the eye-wear.

However, Google has insisted that it will not launch any face detection service with the launch of the product till 'strong privacy protections' are in place.

The technology developed by Japanese researchers works only with the cameras, which are sensitive to infrared lights and the team is now experimenting with reflective materials to produce same results with other face-detecting cameras, the report added.


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