3D has become all the rage. Theaters are investing in technology for their auditoriums for Dolby, Real D, and IMAX to bring their content off the screen and into your theater seat. These technologies all require passive glasses, and more and more theaters are having to create security protocols and surcharges to make sure their patrons don’t walk out with their 3D eyewear.
These passive glasses are relatively inexpensive, however as 3D becomes the norm for our home technology as well, there is a huge risk for theft on the active glasses used there. At $125 per pair, TV owners have been looking for ways to protect their glassets.
September 25th, 2010
A new announcement from the Consortium on Eyeware Theft (CET) says that they are developing an antitheft mechanism for 3D.
“Most 3D TV’s have a few things in common”, says Elise Walker of the CET. “They have an internet connection, they have memory to hold test patterns, and they have facial recognition cameras to tell the TV when to turn off the backlight and save energy.”
The new technology will allow a homeowner, upon finding his glasses pilfered, to activate the “Eye-Jack” feature on their glasses. The victim’s TV sends a message through the computer network, isolating the unique ID on the glasses. The next time the glasses register themselves with a networked 3D TV, they will strobe violently, disorienting the wearer. As this happens the facial recognition camera will take a picture of the wearer and email it to the authorities. A piece of canned content will populate the screen, which shows a 3D watch swinging left to right. A monotone voice repeats “You are getting sleepy. You will return the glasses to their rightful owner” and then the sequence ends.
When asked about the possibility of multiple viewers being hypnotized Walker stated, “We thought about that and planned our message carefully. If by some reason others don’t remove their glasses while the thief is twitching from the intense strobing of the stolen glasses, they too will be hypnotized.”
Walker stated there should be little issue with inadvertantly hypnotizing the innocent, as the message only states to return the glasses to their “rightful” owner. “Most will be returning the glasses to themselves in this case”, says Walker.
This is not the first time CET has been in the news this year. Earlier in 2010 they made headlines when they partnered with D&G to implement an anti-theft device that employed a 1,000 watt shock to the temple of a sunglasses thief, leaving them temporarily paralyzed.