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19 Mar 2006
Last week a court in Philadelphia dismissed a 2004 case filed by Gordon
decision the judge threw out the entire case alleging copyright
infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy, and a grab bag of other
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12 Mar 2006
Last week I had lunch with an old friend who designs and sells video chips.
He told me about an RFP they got from a large retailer.
(He didn't say which one.)
They want to install a grid of little cameras on the ceiling
of their stores that can track people as they walk around the store,
starting from when they walk in the door until they leave.
The grid would be self-organizing, adjacent cameras talking to each
other and handing off trackees to each other.
It couldn't recognize people, although if you buy something with
something other than cash, it'd know who you were from that transaction.
This isn't intended for loss control (retailese for shoplifting) but more
They could, for example, rent a rack in a prominent position to a supplier,
and charge them by the number of people who stop to look at it.
But wait, there's more!
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