My "50 second" ICCP 2010 poster presentation:

In 2002, the NY Times featured my work on camera zapping. Within 2 days, my website received over 600,000 hits. I received several purported death threats.

In 2004, UC Berkeley Professor Ken Goldberg set up a powerful webcam in Sproul Plaza, to honor the Free Speech movement. He was forced to take it down after 6 weeks.

Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has been blocked in Greece, sued in Switzerland, and had to be entirely reshot with a lower camera in Japan.

So it may come as no surprise that camera companies might see features which address these sensitivities as value added features.

We think you’ll agree that this particular feature opens up some interesting opportunities for computational photography.

And this is why I’m here.

It also looks cool, like HAL from 2001.

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