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Peeping Tom filter lets phones see through bikinis

A phone that lets you see through clothes is the stuff of teenage boys’ dreams – and now it’s a reality in Japan.

A third party developer in Tokyo, Yamada Denshi, has developed an add-onto Vodafone handsets, intended to be used as a night filter to allowBig Red’s customers to take pictures with their phones in the dark.

Unfortunately, the night vision camera has an unexpected side effect – in the rightcircumstances, it allows users to see a lot more than they bargainedfor.

As well as taking snaps in the dark, the Yamada Denshi infrared filter sees through people’s clothes.

When attached to a high-end camera, the device can give the effect of seeingthrough some garments – it depends on how easily infrared can penetratethe fabric in question – and is reportedly particularly effective ondark bikinis.

The handset most often used with the £100 filter – the V602-SH – is only available in Japan.

A Vodafone spokeswoman confirmed the peeping Tom accessory isn’t aproblem in the UK. She added that Yamada Denshi is a third partysupplier, Vodafone’s control is limited. “They are not an approvedthird party,” she said.

“We would never go to market with a phone with any kind of capacity to see people naked.”

Camera phone technology has long prompted fears of voyeurism, leading several gyms – and even some Scottish schools – to ban picture phones in case they were used to take inappropriate pictures.

Voyeurism with camera phones became such a problem in South Korea that the government legislated the phones must make a noise when pictures are taken.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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