As face-recognition technology and artificial intelligence gets better in programs like Facebook, the odds of being unwittingly identified in an unflattering or embarrassing photo increases. But internet security company AVG has developed a pair of glasses that will apparently make you invisible to automatic tagging software.
The Invisibility Glasses use a dual approach to thwart face detection, according to The Daily Dot. Small LEDs on the frames emit infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye but picked up by cameras and creates a glow effect around a face.
However, many smartphone cameras can block such light, so the glasses also contain "retro-reflective" material that shines light back at the exact same angle from the source. AVG claims this is the first time "a hybrid technique of combining infrared with retro-reflective materials in a single wearable" has been attempted.
But if you're eager to walk around in a pair of these and get some semblance of privacy back, you're gonna have to wait a while. "Don’t expect to see them for sale anytime soon," AVG said, explaining that the frames are still in the proof of concept stage.