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Blind Red Light Cameras with the NoPhoto

If you've spent much time driving in a major city, its not unlikely
you've opened your mail at least once to find a hundred-dollar-plus
ticket for running a light. You might not even remember being there, it
happened so long ago. Now, we've all gone through an intersection or two
when the light was looking a bit orange, but it's not like we put
anybody in danger by doing so.
In fact, a number of studies
have shown red light cameras tend to cause more accidents they prevent,
as otherwise safe drivers will stop short to avoid a ticket. There's
even some question as to the constitutionality of the companies that
operate these automated cameras retaining motorists' private
information, sometimes in data centers outside the USA.But while legal efforts to get rid of them haven't gained much traction, a gadget called the NoPhoto
offers a clever workaround. By incorporating a light sensor and the
exact same flash-bulbs used in some red light cameras, this license
plate frame can sense when it's being photographed and overexpose the
picture - even during the day, assuming its developers can replicate the
functionality of their prototype in the final product.
Because it leaves the front of the license plate uncovered and
perfectly legible in normal light, the NoPhoto is (currently) 100%
lawful in all states.The NoPhoto is currently seeking crowd funding at Indiegogo. At time of publication, a $200 pledge will reserve yours. (The projected final price is $350.)


Now, before you go trying any Grand Theft Auto antics, keep in mind
the NoPhoto will only prevent cameras from giving you tickets; obviously
the police are a totally different story.
Will you jump at the chance to stick it to red light cams or just slowing down on the road? Sound off in the comments.

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Added: Oct-25-2012 Occurred On: Oct-25-2012
By: SeverinDK
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Tags: camera, flash, red, white, red flash, white flash, police, vehicle, road, legal, illegal, ticket
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  • The cities like to put the cameras where it's most congested to maximize their profit. They don't want to engineer a better solution for the congestion because its so profitable. Class action lawsuit against cities that use these would be a start. Voting out A-hole politicians who view citizens as prey, would be better.

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  • Just buy a few dollars worth of high intensity UV LED's. As a bonus get wide angle light diffusers for greater area coverage.
    Wire them around your plate at different angles.
    The plate can be seen in day and night by the naked eye fine, but any digital device that tries to view the plate can not, as they detect UV lights, all they see is a bright white/purple light.

    To test your plate masking effectiveness, grab out your camera phone, and go into camera mode. Look at the plate through the camer More..

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    • @sungam Exactly. Beat me to it. Also works on security cameras if you replace the LEDs in one of those hats with lights in the bill.

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    • @sungam I was sure you were supposed to use infra red lights. You'd look rather flamboyant with UV lights on the car. Though I suppose the effect of blinding might be there as well, but it is highly detectable to the naked eye, at least in the dark when they illuminate the place. IR lights are incognito, and as an added bonus, do not give you cataracts or glaucoma or skin cancer.

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    • @wellybub Oh shit, yeah you are correct. IR LEDs. The ones inside your TV remote control :P

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  • Great!! But here in Europe esp here in Holland they don't use flash cameras anymore for there traffic cameras!! So you're product is worthless and outdated already...

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  • I've thought about cameras recently. I wonder if they would be vulnerable to an IR light, so they can't see the licence plate, but to a human eye, it is not concealed. That is, you can't drive around with no licence plate, you'll get pulled over and whatever else they do. But if you have a bunch of IR lights placed around or on the licence plate, discretely, they should be able to blind at least a video camera. Or are some video cameras able to filter out the infre red light, and if so are they More..

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  • Or you could vote out the statist assholes who put the cameras up.

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  • Instead you just blind/distract all the other motorists with your flashing number plates...let alone if others have them too....will it set off a chain reaction with everybody's cars flashing all over the place?

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  • I don't mind the cams busting me for running straight through the red light because that's as unsafe as it gets. But when they nail me for turning right from a rolling stop I get angry. Also, that flash is distracting as hell. The town I live in made hundreds of thousands of dollars from people making right turns.

    Happily, a legislator got angry after being busted a couple times and had a talk with the state attorney general, who declared that right turn cams violated the state constitution by More..

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  • OH OH WAIT A MINUTE I GOT A BETTER IDEA:

    try not risking your life, the lives of others in your car, or the cars around you....AND DONT RUN THE RED LIGHT.....remember when the light turns yellow it means slow down.

    i mean honestly whats another 2-3 minutes....is your life not worth it....and i am sure we all on LL have seen some of the accidents from running red lights....dont be one of them

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  • Great idea, but it will never be legal to strobe a light in the direction of the drivers behind you. They will say it's not safe, even if it's fine.

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  • Do they do a much much much smaller one that I can put on my wee willy winky?

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  • In most states you are prohibited from having any white lights showing in the rear of your car. Unless it is the reverse. Other states prohibit any interference with any devices that perform safety actions on the road. This would include the flash device described. If you don't want the stop cameras or red light cameras get a partition going and have a vote on it state wide. The system is flawed but can still work if you try hard enough.

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  • I'm really excited I can tell you

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  • I wonder what MPG he gets with that chair.

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  • Until the administrator adjusts the brightness/contrast and brings the image back again.

    Digital photography, how does it work?

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  • Does not work with dirty sensors. Sennsors are dirty after the frist day of rain / snow :-(

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  • Why can't you just stop at a red light like you're supposed to?

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  • Will it flash every time the sun glints off a bumper or a windshield? Would be a waste of money because they would quickly be outlawed if people started using them here.

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  • could just slow down and drive by the rules

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  • On the practical level, redlight camera flashes are really powerful, many more power than a regular camera strobe flash. You have to flood the intersection with a lot of light and directly into the redlight camera to disrupt the camera exposure. I am not convinced.

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    • @2Phast4Rocket I think it bounces off the plate and floods the plate area with over exposure. I have done old school pictures as a printing press operator and found that was the case. If the plates had a flat color it wouldnot work as well.but would still make it unreadable.

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  • Cool. Now all I need is a car.

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  • Do these camera's even have IR filters on them? I've never gotten a ticket from one so havnt seen the resulting picture to be able to judge, but if they dont an IR LED array around your plate will make it impossible for one of those camera's to get a picture of it. Completely invisible to the human eye also.

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