Ah, the Japanese. Always good for a crazy invention. This time, they’ve come up with infrared-LED-equipped glasses that help to circumvent face detection. When (knowingly or unkowingly) photographed, the near-infrared light that the glasses’ built-in LEDs emit will be registered by most cameras’ sensors and cause the eyes-and-nose-part of the face to appear washed out, while the light is invisible to the human eye. While privacy is indeed a concern now that CCTV cameras are recording every movement especially in crowded public places, these particular glasses do make you look a bit of a dork, to be honest. But then again, that will probably go mostly unnoticed on the streets of Tokyo … (or those of New York, for that matter.)
Today’s exciting announcement from Lomography about Lomochrome Purple is bound to get some people excited and others totally confused. First off, know that it is based off of Kodak Aerochrome–an old infrared film developed for government surveillance. Since it is infrared, that means that there are no real purple fields in the Congo. So we’re here to answer a couple of big questions that you may have about the new film. Check out more information after the jump.
RiceHigh picked up on some interesting news right out of Japan. Pentax has released a new 645D IR; that’s right, infrared! In all seriousness, it seems to be the same camera but with the lack of an IR filter, and Pentax even says in the translation themselves that they’ll be making them in limited quantities. Release date is supposed to be tomorrow, Dec 12 2012; and there is no word yet on pricing. No word on when it will be coming to the good old U.S. of A.
Meanwhile, still no news on the full frame front; which many Pentaxians (especially lots of Pentax users I know that have used the system since the 70s) are waiting for with bated breath.