Pirating movies just got even more dangerous
It hasn't been a good year for movie pirates. Projectionists are getting night-vision goggles to see tham and awards to turn them in, the sentances and fines have gone up, etc. Well, it just got even worse:
The company's anti-piracy offering comprises two technologies. The first, PirateEye, detects camcorders and pinhole cameras in the act of bootlegging movies, according to Trakstar. The remote-controlled device looks like a mechanical replica of Darth Vader's head. Perched on a stand directly below the movie screen at the front of the theater, the small black box shoots brief, almost invisible pulses of light at the audience.
Offending camera lenses bounce back a telltale reflection that the device senses, then records on a digital snapshot captured with a built-in digital camera of its own.
See here for more: Wired News: An Eye on Movie Theater Pirates.