Unphotogenic Light

2017. 07. 30

Unphotogenic Light: High-Speed Projection Method to Prevent Secret Photography by Small Cameras

We present a new method to protect projected content from secret photography using high-speed projection. In this study, we aim to realize a protectable projection method that allows people to observe content with their eyes but not record content with camera devices. To achieve this goal, we exploit the difference between the human vision system and the camera vision system. Notably, humans cannot recognize the high-speed changes of light. We were inspired by previous work that used these properties to show on-screen invisible markers. There are several studies that aim to present imperceptible on-screen markers using high-speed projection between the afterimage effect of human eyes and shutter speeds of digital cameras. From another point of view, these techniques show specific content only to the human eye while showing different content to a camera. Thus, we can project images that can be seen by human eyes whereas cameras only capture an incomplete frame. Therefore, this means the projected light is unphotogenic.

Ippei Suzuki, Yoichi Ochiai
University of Tsukuba


Two-pages abstract in SIGGRAPH 2017 (Author Preprint) : PDF (1.5 MB)

Poster draft in SIGGRAPH 2017 : PDF (4.3 MB)