HD Camera Glasses – A Long Way Since Goldberg’s First Spy Camera

HD Camera Glasses – A Long Way Since Goldberg’s First Spy Camera

Jul 18

Video technology  refers to the scientific and technical expertise, as well as the electronic components needed to generate, process, store, convey, and exhibit video images with the resolution required to produce a clear presentation of textual and visual content, together with color depth for realistic images and the appropriate speed warranted to generate smooth motion. The evolution of video technology proceeded from analog to digital and towards standard definition to high definition (HD). Yet, advanced video technology proved to be an extremely demanding technical endeavor which man ventured to market. Hence, the recent advances in visual media technology synergized a multiplicity of disciplines including chemistry, computer science, electronics, materials science, manufacturing science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, networks, and physics. Moreover, choice electronic and optical components are those with proven reliability, sophistication, and superior performance, but implementation of any advances should factor affordable costing into the situation.

 With drive and determination, manufacturers have, so far, been successful in penetrating the market for visual media technology products in the fields of business and government, education, entertainment, medicine, and the home. While high resolution cameras are generally useful in the aforementioned fields, research and marketing of new and enhanced products tend to gravitate towards the entertainment sector for obvious reasons. Technology experts, however, made it clear that as the so-called high definition (HD) technologies and their accompanying systems are still evolving, television is neither the only nor the most important emerging HD system. It should not, therefore, come as a surprise that a HD spy cam recorder will hit the market with a big splash. In fact, the mole cam is not even an invention of the 21st century.

 During the 1950s, the Russian born inventor and visionary Emanuel Goldberg designed a spy cam which looked like a fountain pen, known by its Hebrew name Ktina, and translated in English as “the little one”. The spy cam was subsequently produced and used by the Israeli Secret Service. Documented testimonials about the amazing camera claimed that the images were of high resolution, but with lower sensitivity.

 After over 60 years, and propelled by advances in technology, the amazing undercover cam evolved from a pen taking high definition photographic images to sunglasses capable of high definition video recording. The latest of such spy sunglass offerings in the market today are equipped with a microphone, at least eight GB of storage, computer and Internet connectivity powered by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies, quick download and view functions via USB, three to four hours of non-stop recording, and of course, high resolution visual media and audio recording function.

 While Goldberg’s camera was solely utilized by the Secret Service, HD Camera Glasses may be purchased by just about anyone, either for the thrill of playing James Bond / sleuth or enjoying the benefits of hands-free or single button operation of a visual media recorder sans the bulk and the hassle of conventional movie cam. Masked as a harmless pen or a fashionable eyewear, the so-called spy cam metamorphosed from being a specialty gadget into an everyday item which every household can appreciate and enjoy. Thanks to the inventive genius of researchers in the field of digitized optical media.

 While the catchy label spywear evokes overwhelming impact on the part of consumers’ purchasing decisions, not all individuals who may be interested to buy the device for its features may be aware that such spywear is in fact a visual media recorder capable of producing high definition homemade movies complete with audio and other functions. Hence, the bold marketing scheme of capitalizing on the impact of James Bond movies and other protagonists who use super special widgets may not be generally appealing to the entire market. The gadget can, therefore, be marketed along two fronts: one using the mole theme, and the other promoting the concept of a movie cam which is lightweight and portable.

 It should not, however, be overlooked that any modern development has it set of advantages and disadvantages. For the undercover recorder, there will always be merits and demerits of freely available recording media which can be obscured from public awareness. When used by police and private investigators, society can be confident that such high resolution devices will be employed to protect public safety and serve the public thrust. Likewise, when used by private citizens to bring zest and preserve memories of their professional or personal endeavors, the community is complacent that such a potent device is being utilized for fun, entertainment, or any other noble objective.

 The public should not, however, be lulled into a false sense of security that such implements may not be used to invade privacy or advance criminal intentions. While it is not the purpose of this article to discourage consumers from buying such a high-tech gadget, society should be wary about suspicious looking individuals wearing stylish sunglasses and furtively watching you outside the house or the workplace, or on the road.

With such powerful devices in the market, it is not a remote possibility that criminal elements can turn a harmless technology like the HD Camera Glasses into uses other than what they are intended for.

 On another note, it is both an interesting and poignant experience to reminisce that man has gone a long way from the first photograph taken by Joseph Niepce, to the first motion camera invented by Louis Lumiere until the sunglass camera which permits anybody to produce his own home movies and memories of everyday happenings or special events. For the moment, man’s journey towards visual media technology advancement is, indeed, sufficient to a certain extent, in terms of innovating technologies which can be applied in various fields of interest.

 In as far as high definition technology is concerned man is already treading the path from 1280 x 720 pixels or 720p and 1920 x 1080 pixels or 1080i or 1080p towards ultra high definition. The emerging shift in the ultra high level of image definition is driven by man’s goal to satisfy the full range of human visual capability to power greater advances in technology with 3840 x 2160 and 7680 x 4320 pixels. In the meantime, the much ballyhooed HD cam sunglasses are hugging the spotlight. Let us give this technological creation a chance to prove its worth.

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