Mobile technology blog Picturephoning.com posts about the Pupillo remote controlled camera. From Picturephoning:
3, the mobile phone operator has launched a device that will allow its users to control a remote video camera via a 3G connection.”The white ‘Pupillo’ is being billed as the perfect device for suspicious minds. A simple video call from a 3 mobile to the ‘Pupillo’ allows you to keep an eye on what’s important to you when you are out and about. Standing at just under five inches tall, the camera can be placed unobtrusively in any location for 3 customers to dial into at their leisure such as the (girl´s changing room or the or local swimming pool). Video calls to the Pupillo give the caller a live view – along with audio – of what is happening. Each Pupillo has its own number, and when called, it automatically answers. To ensure privacy, a security PIN can be set up on each Pupillo to ensure that only trusted contacts can dial in.”
Worth checking out for the suspicious shop owner, and surely ominous for ther rest of us too. Improvements in optical, digital, and wireless technologies are fundamentally changing our behaviors and social norms. Explore the idea of a world under constant survellaince and read (or listen) to the idea of the “Participatory Panopticon”.