While fashion brands such as Warby Parker have been able to cut the price of their glasses frames by designing them in-house, consumers still need to pick from the range of preset designs offered. Recognizing that everyone’s face is unique, Protos Eyewear is a new startup that uses 3D printing to tailor each pair to the individual.
Having recently reached its target of USD 25,000 on itsCrowdhoster site, Protos currently offers 24 different styles of frame that can be altered on the fly to cater for each customer’s needs. The frames are made of material that is light, strong and flexible, offering a quality feel while also being durable. Customers send two photographs of themselves when ordering a pair – one head-on and one side profile – that help the team to tweak each design to fit their face perfectly. Currently the Protos designs are only available in black although the startup hopes to add color options in the near future.
Interesting approach to avoid identification from cameras by lighting key areas of the face (video embedded below, via the great DigInfo):
This is the world’s first pair of glasses which prevent facial recognition by cameras. They are currently under development by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.
Photos taken without people’s knowledge can violate privacy. For example, photos may be posted online, along with metadata including the time and location. But by wearing this device, you can stop your privacy from being infringed in such ways.
“You can try wearing sunglasses. But sunglasses alone can’t prevent face detection. Because face detection uses features like the eyes and nose, it’s hard to prevent just by concealing your eyes. This is the privacy visor I have developed, which uses 11 near-infrared LEDs. I’m switching it on now. It prevents face detection, like this.”
“Light from these near-infrared LEDs can’t be seen by the human eye, but when it passes through a camera’s imaging device, it appears bright. The LEDs are installed in these locations because, a feature of face detection is, the eyes and part of the nose appear dark, while another part of the nose appears bright. So, by placing light sources mostly near dark parts of the face, we’ve succeeded in canceling face detection characteristics, making face detection fail.”
Compared with previous ways of physically hiding the face, this technology can protect privacy without obstructing communication, as all users need to do is wear a pair of glasses.