IR technology would prevent in-theater video recording


There’s an old Seinfeld episode where Jerry agrees to become a bootlegger. His skills at recording the screen with a tiny, hand-held camera are top-notch, so he’s roped into helping out the little kid on the street who can’t get into R rated movies. You know the episode I’m talking about, the one where Elaine dances all weird. (Here comes the horrible segue-way!) If this new technology is widely adopted, episodes like that won’t ever happen again.

The National Institute of Informatics in Japan, along with Sharp, has developed some sort of IR-based anti-piracy measure that makes it impossible to record a movie theater screen. Quick pulses of light are blasted onto the screen from behind that, while not noticeable to the human eye, render a video camera’s recording unwatchable. Filters on the camera could try to filter out the light, but the picture would be quite blurry.

No, I have no idea what the included pic is supposed to represent.

“First you cry, then you cry again.”