Camera Counts People by Detecting Their Blood!

A new camera system is being tested to catch car pool (car-sharing) lane in Leeds, UK. Before, the police used labor-intensive and ordinary CCTV that could be fooled by dogs or inflatable dolls.

The new camera promises to be better: it counts people by detecting the blood and water content of the human skin!

The camera instantly illuminates the windscreen area with two different wavelengths of infrared light. Two specialised digital infrared pictures are taken of the windscreen.

The system is programmed to detect the blood and water levels in skin and then it uses certain algorithms to distinguish faces, as opposed to hands.

Within a fraction of a second, the vehicle occupancy count is determined using on-board electronics.

Link - via Jasonspage


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Seriously... if this is where our tax dollars are going, I think we have a problem. How important is the whoooole carpooling thing? Not important at all.
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"it uses certain algorithms to distinguish faces, as opposed to hands"

Because it's easier to drive while missing a hand than while missing a head, right? What the heck does this have to do with anything?
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Next up: New technology developed to stop people from taking 2 testers of chocolate instead of the allowed amount of 1 at the supermarket.
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