Invisibility Glasses

Protect your identity offline

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How did you come up with the idea?

With the increasing use of cellphone cameras in public places, the possibility of your picture or video being taken unaware and ending up on the internet is ever growing. Then the Big Data technologies allow not only for storage of large amounts of image data but also for analyzing them in real-time. How much of our visual identity can we protect from unwanted privacy invaders? Can we hide ourselves from cameras or interfere with the face-recognition technologies? The AVG Invisibility Glasses explore this field and challenge people to be more aware of the matter.

What are the key benefits

  • Protecting you against visual recognition software

  • Preventing cameras to take a recognizable photo of yourself

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To find out more about the science that makes all this possible read our blog post

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How does it work?

While the technology behind invisibility glasses is still in the prototype phase, there are generally two different methods of combating unwanted facial recognition:

Infrared Light


The use of infrared light to break facial detection software was first introduced Isao Echizen of Tokyo Nation Institute of Informatics.

The idea is to place infrared LEDs inserted around the eyes and the nose areas. Since the infrared lights are completely invisible to human eyes, they are only detectable by cameras which are sensitive to the wavelengths of these LEDs. They claim to break face detection when the lights are on.

Retro-reflective Materials
avg_invisibility_glasses_flash_testThese specialist materials help maintain your privacy at the moment that the image is actually taken.

While most surfaces reflect light by diffusing or scattering it in all directions, retro-reflective materials are specially designed to reflect light back at the same angle as it arrived.

If caught in flash photography, retro-reflective materials will send most of the light back to the sensor. This will result in an image that will put the Dynamic Range of the camera sensor to test.

When can I get my own invisibility glasses?

At this stage, invisibility glasses, including those we will be displaying at Pepcom are just a proof of concept .

Rather than designing a product for market release, tech experts are investigating how technology can adapt to combat the daily erosion of our privacy in the digital age. Don’t expect to see them for sale any time soon!

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