Taking a page from Officer Alex Murphy, police officers in Brazil will soon be adding a layer of cyborg tech to their law enforcement toolbox via glasses rigged with facial recognition tech. The glasses, dubbed "RoboCop" glasses, scan faces in a crowd and check them against a criminal database, and officers in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo have already been through demos with the technology.
At distances up to 50 yards, the glasses can reportedly scan 400 faces per second, comparing 46,000 biometric points on a person's face against a database of terrorists and other criminals. If a match is made it is indicated by a red light that appears within the glasses frame, allowing police to zero in on those people with problematic pasts (or currently questionable legal statuses) without having to put police and citizens through the tedium of random ID checks.
As far as crowd security is concerned, it's a pretty cool piece of technology if it works as advertised. And Brazil is due to have some big crowds passing through in the next few years. Aside from being an international tourist destination year round, cops in Rio will have to secure both the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, and police there hope to have the technology widely deployed by that point.
Very interesting technology. The only problem I see is this. If you have had run-ins with the law, served your time, and are now a productive member of society; is it fair that you have to worry about constant scrutiny and harassment from law enforcement for a chapter in your life long since closed?
Don't take life to seriously! You'll never get out of it alive.
Hope it does more than that.
If there are multiple faces in view, it needs to circle that particular face, and then tell the officer what the issue is.
Otherwise after a couple tries of picking the wrong person to question, they are just going to use them for sunglasses.
Well...there should be a filter for it. Certain crimes, or "old" misguided actions should not be included, otherwise they are back to the spot checks. Only more serious - we all now which are - and high profile people should reach the level of recognition.
Come on folks the glasses aren't thinking things. They just look up faces in a database. How good the information provided (old or not) will just depend on the data in the database. So if the people putting the data in the database think an an old time criminal is still a risk and leave them in the database then that is going to alert. If they feel they are not a risk they just have to remove them from the database.
It is all up to how good the back end guys do their jobs.
As for the way it alerts, even a red indicator would be enough if it will turn off when they look away from the subject, they just have to keep walking up to the person until their face is the only one in view. But there is no way this is all just built into a pair of glasses so they have to be wearing something else that could have a read out of the crime or whatever if the glasses don't have it. I think having a full display would be costly and distracting so that's why they don't do it that way.
Just think of the great possibilities for "law enforcement" -- Those who wrote comments critical of the current leadership, faces of a particular religious or ethic group, opposition political party members.
But seriously, with crimes against civilization (terrorism) on the rise, it is important to spot the creeps before they kill civilians.
I'm not even getting to the possibilities at the beach.
I have to believe that US law enforcement such as FBI and Secret Service are already using this.
Considering that it's Brazil, I wonder if they have little icons to show whether the criminal is up-to-date on his bribe payments and can, therefore, be ignored by the police. ;-)
I think that if the glasses came up with a match that the police would just moniter them and not interfere unless they tried something.
With a few tweeks it could be used by paparrazi or as a 'friend' with your blackberry .. never forget a face ..
"But seriously, with crimes against civilization (terrorism) on the rise, it is important to spot the creeps before they kill civilians."
Ahhh yes... Once upon a time, it was the witches.
Ahhh yes... Once upon a time, it was the Communists.
Ahhh yes... Terrorists. We got ourselves a modern day witch hunt. Burn em aliveeeeee!
History really does seem to repeat itself time immemorial.