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Photos of People Staring At Computers

Kyle McDonald wrote a stealthy app that captures a single photo every minute and sends it to his server if it contains a face. He then went around to different Apple stores around New York City and installed it on the computers, collecting more than a thousand photos.

Before sharing the photos online, I decided to exhibit them in the same places they were originally captured. So I wrote another app that could be remotely triggered after being installed on all the computers in one location. When the app starts up, it takes a picture and slowly fades in that photo. A moment later, it starts cycling through older photos.

Most people instinctively quit the app less than 10 seconds after recognizing their own face, so the exhibition was relegated to the unused machines. [#]

Photos from the project are also automatically published to this Tumblr site. Something tells me Apple won’t be too happy about this when they find out.

(via F.A.T. via Laughing Squid)


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404720711 Henry Timisela

    GREAT!
     

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Hope the kid gets sent to jail!  Dumb in every sense and an invasion of privacy.  Or at least fined $500 dollars for each photo he posted to the net without consent, Apple to for allowing it happen (even if they didn’t know about it, still there machines that did the work at their store)

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Hope the kid gets sent to jail!  Dumb in every sense and an invasion of privacy.  Or at least fined $500 dollars for each photo he posted to the net without consent, Apple to for allowing it happen (even if they didn’t know about it, still there machines that did the work at their store)

  • Anonymous

    Note the expressions were the same. Show porn, the expressions may be more varied.

  • Anonymous

    Are you for real!?! RTFA

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Yeah I’m for real, well maybe not the jail time but hell yeah the kid should get fined.  Just to be clear on this: He hacked into a computer, took pictures of people without their consent, then posted it to the web?  What is cool about that in any way?

    Don’t get me wrong, the idea is novel and all, hell I love art and out of the box thinking but this is just messed up, no matter how neat the video is. 

    I got nothing on “RTFA” sorry

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Yeah I’m for real, well maybe not the jail time but hell yeah the kid should get fined.  Just to be clear on this: He hacked into a computer, took pictures of people without their consent, then posted it to the web?  What is cool about that in any way?

    Don’t get me wrong, the idea is novel and all, hell I love art and out of the box thinking but this is just messed up, no matter how neat the video is. 

    I got nothing on “RTFA” sorry

  • Flickr man

    Is it legal to install some app in the store computers? If so, any one can install some spy app and observe what is going on in any stores.

  • Flickr man

    Is it legal to install some app in the store computers? If so, any one can install some spy app and observe what is going on in any stores.

  • http://twitter.com/PlasticWig Joshua K

    Its in an apple store. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone in Apple’s legal dept gets wind of this and does something. Or at least the people who lock the machines down. They actually wipe the OS every night so the next day its fresh with the default apps.

  • cristian

    Most people in a computer store are getting scared when the machine is answering in an unexpected way after touching a keyboard! :)
    So pressing „escape” wasn’t that unusual, I supose! Like „huh, what have I done? What have I done? And hey, they catched me! Escape! Escape!”

  • cristian

    Most people in a computer store are getting scared when the machine is answering in an unexpected way after touching a keyboard! :)
    So pressing „escape” wasn’t that unusual, I supose! Like „huh, what have I done? What have I done? And hey, they catched me! Escape! Escape!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    I know their in a “public” place, but still…   Total disrespect for peoples privacy.

  • Photo Nut

    get real ppl, do u have this reaction of all those CCTV cameras trained on u all the time??  lol

  • Paablo_

    Actually, this was quite boring…

  • Dorian

    The recordings of CCTV cameras are not published on internet like this and when you see a CCTV camera, you know that it is a camera and it is recording. Who would ever assume that a Mac was recording them when they were just looking at the product or trying it?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    In theory a CCTV camera should be covered by the data protection act (or some such law), and pictures from it shouldnt be used for inane projects like this.

  • http://twitter.com/NickNieto Nick Nieto

    You know – I don’t care about the legality of this… but I don’t think it was ethically a good thing to do.  

  • Photo Nut

    so all the CCTV footage u see on youtube can from where?  Really what damage is done here, you ppl are so up tight about stupid things.  “OMG I had a photo taken with out my hair done” /sarcasm (just in case u don’t realise) 

  • Photo Nut

    so all the CCTV footage u see on youtube can from where?  Really what damage is done here, you ppl are so up tight about stupid things.  “OMG I had a photo taken with out my hair done” /sarcasm (just in case u don’t realise) 

  • Photo Nut

    just posted to youtube when something funny/ disturbing happens and very embarrassing for the person concerned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eyeofali Ali Zaidi

    Well why the Fcuk is Apple so pissed..??? I mean their iPhones were monitoring US?! S.O.Bs !! (well… one more reason why I didn’t want to go for iPhone! ;-) )

  • Gregg

    I’m a little surprised no one has mentioned this…

    The Secret Service Mission:
    The mission of the United States Secret Service is to safeguard the nation’s financial infrastructure and payment systems to
    preserve the integrity of the economy, and to protect national leaders, visiting heads of state and government, designated
    sites and National Special Security Events (NSSEs).

    How does Apple get the Secret Service On The Job, especially one outside their core mission, so quickly?