Can Fashion Outsmart Facial Recognition Technology?
Cap_able, an Italian clothing startup designed a fashion line that can evade facial recognition technology by tricking the algorithm into thinking that the wearer is an animal.
But does it actually work?
- Cap_able claims that the clothing patterns "confuse the algorithm" by "making the camera detect dogs, zebras, giraffes, or small-knitted people inside the fabric, instead of the person wearing the clothes.
- But the catch is that this only works if the system uses YOLO facial recognition technology, a real-time object detection system.
- The problem is, we don't know what kind of technology governments use to detect your face.
- If you're in a country like China where use of facial recognition technology to curb protests is at mass and you don't want your face documented, a Cap_able hoodie may not be the solution. In fact, it may just be more of a statement at this point. While it's an interesting concept, it's important to know its limitations before investing in one of these clothing items - that will set you back for around $460.