Last week we told you a lot about FaceSnap, an app that allows iOS users to take selfies without a fuss, thus revolutionizing the way we think about taking pictures of ourselves. Today we will tell you about two new spying cameras for smartphones that are said to change the way we think about taking pictures of others, with the added perk of becoming the next Jason Bournes and the James Bonds of tomorrow. So how about instead of pushing our smartphones in the face of other people and wait for the cameras to focus and take the picture, we can just pretend we are using the phone for some innocent activity such as reading mail and texting friends, while we discretely snap a picture of another person or an object without being caught on the act? How about having some gizmos attached to our smartphones that allow us to play I – Spy in a room or in the middle of the street without the others noticing us taking their photo?
Such questions normally escalate in a legit mass paranoia, just as it happened to the Google Glass. Privacy invading issues intimately connected to the use of the Glass in public places were problems the tech giant struggled with and is still trying to solve, but in the meanwhile, the world is more than ready to embrace the COVR Photo and the Peek-I, two new spying cameras for smartphones.
How does the COVR Photo work?
The COVR Photo is a special iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S camera case which features periscope properties (it spins 360 degrees in all angles). In the words of Daniel Bean, covering the two cameras for Yahoo Tech News,
Basically, you can appear to be looking at the screen on your phone while actually snapping a photo of the person or object directly in front of you
Of course, the developers didn’t for a second think about the camera case in terms of a spying object, but more as a means to capture spontaneous, honest and innocent moments of life, be them concerning your pets play around the house or the smiles of young girls in the park. However, just as the tech expert concluded, let’s just hope the new gizmo won’t fall into the wrong hands powered by mischievous minds.
How does the Peek – I work?
Even better than the COVR Photo, we might say! The Peek – I is a magnetically attachable lens that works with all smartphones, not just the iPhone and which features also the periscope properties, together with the ability of reflecting the image at a 90 degree angle, which means you can pretend to take a picture of the beautiful blossomed tree in the park, but in truth to capture the sexy face of the pretty guy sitting next to you on the bench.
Are these two new spying cameras for smartphones as attractive as they seem to be? Definitely! Both of them are crowd-funded projects that reached their funding goals and even exceeded them and they are both on their way to be delivered this year. Privacy advocates will have a lot to work with in the future, as the more people oppose privacy – invading technologies to become available to the masses, the more people are backing up the development of such devices.