30 June 2008
Fooling age-verification cameras
Japanese cigarette-vending machines have been equipped with "face recognition cameras" -
"The face-recognition machines rely on cameras that scan the purchaser’s face for wrinkles, sagging skin and other signs of age. Facial characteristics are compared with a database of more than 100,000 people, and if the purchaser is thought to be well over 20 years old (the legal age), the sale is approved. If the purchaser looks too young, they are asked to prove their age by inserting a driver’s license. According to Fujitaka, the machines are 90% accurate."
So a reporter went up to one of the new machines, held up to the camera a page from a magazine with the face of an older man... and the machine dispensed cigarettes for him.