LEDs Wash Out Movie Piracy

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Infrared LEDs form the core of a product that will be very popular with film studios and movie theater chains, as it thwarts the filming of movies playing on-screen.

Picture this. Your lovely wife has persuaded you to go to the next Ben Affleck film, because she’s one of those people who can’t get enough of seeing him cry in a big screen production.

You’d rather do something useful, like drink beer and tweak the SEO for your web site, but you relent; you can tape the darn thing and toss it onto P2P and save someone else from having to pay $20 to see it at the theater (“Look honey, I downloaded it for you, so you can watch it here!”)

After the movie, a quick check of your thieving skills shows…nothing. Just a washed out wasted video. D’oh! And it’s all thanks to a new technology from Permlight.

The Permlight product was unveiled at a Las Vegas trade show, under the name Enbryten Piracy, Lighting.com posted. It used thin-film infrared power LEDs from OSRAM to blank out cameras.

People can’t see the randomly pulsing signal, but cameras can. The company also noted that the technology won’t interfere with infrared video surveillance. They also claim that since each system consists of multiple nodes using randomly generated signals, pirates won’t be able to counter it.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

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