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Solving crime through corneal reflections


Posted on Sunday, 12 January, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments


The key to solving a crime could lie in the subject's eyes. Image Credit: sxc.hu

Forensic experts may be able to capture an image of a suspect through the eyes of bystanders.

In a recent study, researchers were able to demonstrate that it is possible to learn new details from photographs of a crime scene by zooming in and analyzing the reflections in someone's eyes.

"The pupil of the eye is like a black mirror," said researcher Rob Jenkins. "To enhance the image, you have to zoom in and adjust the contrast. A face image that is recovered from a reflection in the subject's eye is about 30,000 times smaller than the subject's face."

This remarkable new technique could prove invaluable in situations where a kidnapper has taken pictures of a hostage - the photographer themselves unknowingly ending up being the subject of the very photograph they are taking.

"Our findings thus highlight the remarkable robustness of human face recognition, as well as the untapped potential of high-resolution photography," said Jenkins.

   
Source: cnet.com | Comments (10)

Tags: Crime, Eyes


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 12 January, 2014, 15:53
PLOT TWIST: The eyes were the killer all along! The knives were covered in eye goop. Not because the killer stabbed the victim in the eyes, but because the culprit was the eyes.
Comment icon #2 Posted by spartan max2 on 12 January, 2014, 16:24
that's insane. We are clearly living in the future lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by rashore on 12 January, 2014, 16:29
Teehee.. At first glance I read the topic as Cornmeal reflections... Had to read it twice before getting it right.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Saitung on 13 January, 2014, 4:56
Awesome, this is similar to a forensic technique used in the movie "Blade Runner" years ago.
Comment icon #5 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 13 January, 2014, 18:11
This will be amazing. Though, I prefer to look into eyes to see a persons' true feelings...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Child of Bast on 14 January, 2014, 16:13
Comment icon #7 Posted by Xynoplas on 14 January, 2014, 17:49
Not likely, unless the original photo had EXTREME resolution. Mostly, this is a psy-op: intended to give the "audience" an idea of greater capabilities. I'd advise not buying into it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by rashore on 14 January, 2014, 18:04
Ok, so now I went and actually read the article. It's interesting, though I have to say it's a bit of a leap to go from the conditions described in the article to real life bystander camera use.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ugly1 on 17 January, 2014, 1:48
I would just think that a smart crook would destroy the integrity of the eyes now. Not really much more time would be needed to erase your face so to speak from their eyeballs. Look for this in the future I tell you. Now both sane as well as insane people will be assaulting the eyes.
Comment icon #10 Posted by grimbane on 19 January, 2014, 1:05
This is such old news. Artemis Gordon used this technique to catch the dastardly killer of Professor Thaddeus Morton. Through this most impressive scientific marvel, it was discovered the Professor Morton was murdered by General "Bloodbath" McGrath himself!


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