Photography Bay has dug up an interesting patent filed by Canon regarding “Iris Registration”. The patent titled “PICTURE TAKING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME” (Pub. No.: US 2008/0025574 A1) details a mechanism for a camera to capture an image of a photographers iris and embedding it in the pixel data of the images they take.
“Another object of the present invention is to provide an imaging apparatus that makes it possible to protect the copyright of photographic images by reliably acquiring biological information of a photographer for the purpose of personal authentication and writing this photographer information to the image of a subject without affecting processing, and in a manner transparent to operation, at the time of photography.
According to the present invention, the foregoing object is attained by providing an imaging apparatus for taking an image of a subject by an image sensing device, comprising: registration means for allowing a photographer to register his/her own biological information in advance; storage means for storing the biological information; and personal-data recording means for recording the biological information in a photographic image.”
Interestingly enough the patent details: a camera registration system that supports multiple photographers, how the information is stored and how this storage of information minimizes processing delays at the time of image capture.
All in all this is a pretty elaborate way to tie a user to a photo. I wonder how well it stands up to someone taking a screen capture of an image. It’d be a shame to have all that technology being undermined by such a simple action.
[tags]canon, patent, iris, registration, copyright, imaging, metadata, biological, protection, technology, camera, dslr, slr[/tags]