Drones have definitely become common in our everyday lives. There are plenty of their possible uses, from taking photos and videos to making tigers exercise. However, not all of the applications are useful or positive. I’ve often heard that you could use a drone to spy on your neighbors, and apparently, some people do it, big time. But this woman decided she doesn’t want to put up with that. So, she takes a gun and opens the drone hunting season.
As if the facial recognition news coming out of Russia wasn’t creepy enough already, it’s now available in App form to users of popular Russian social media network, Vkontakte.
FindFace, which launched only two months ago, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and discover their identities with 70% reliability and could be the final nail in the coffin for privacy as we know it.
Its nice to have a drone that can take photos and videos. What could be more fun that taking photos of people on the beach from high above or assaulting drone pilots out for the sake of privacy. I don’t see where this can go wrong. In fact drone shooting privacy is such a concern that governments are putting regulations in place for keeping your privacy private. But, at least you can hear a drone when it is approaching so you can stop doing whatever private business you want off camera, right?
Well, not for long. Researchers at Stanford University have created a spider drone, a drone that can perch on walls and ceilings just like a small flying spider, and just like the spider, the drone can stay very silent, “killing” the motors and only keeping the camera on while it perches.
There’s a little bit of creepy in all of us. Don’t take my word for it, it’s practically scientific fact. Stop it! I’m not judging you…it’s perfectly normal. But, if you have an extra $60k sitting around looking for a home, you can take your creepy to a whole, new level!
Don’t believe me? YouTuber SirJonnyCargo shows how he took a Fujinon XA55 Digipower lens designed for video set work, made a few modifications, and attached it to a Panasonic Lumix GH4. With the crop factor and a 2x teleconverter added, he took the effective focal range of the lens from a measly 9.5-525mm (::scoffs::) to a whopping 44-2,415mm full-frame equivalent! That’s some serious reach, AT&T.
A controversy’s been brewing in Massachusetts concerning candid photography in public areas, and the state’s highest court gave the most bizarre-sounding ruling you’ll probably come across for a while: secretly taking photos underneath a person’s clothing is now legal under rule of Massachusetts law.