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Here's The Terrifying Reason Thousands Of People Are Starting To Wear These Masks

Every now and then, a new product hits the market that consumers just buy like hotcakes. This particular product isn't exactly new, but it's certainly flying off the shelves for a creepy reason.

It seems that there are a great number of people who do not trust their partners. A growing number of iPhone users in China fear that when the facial recognition feature comes out in the iPhone X, unscrupulous lovers looking to snoop are going to take advantage of it. Some retailers are getting rich by selling anti-facial recognition masks.

The iPhone X promises to include new technology, including the ability to unlock your phone because it recognizes your face. Instead of worrying about patterns or pin numbers, phone users will simply glance at the phone, and the phone will unlock automatically.

Even in the dark, the phone will learn to recognize your features and it will unlock only for you.

It sounds great, except a lot of people in China have gotten it into their heads that their significant other might take advantage of the software. People are afraid that, while they sleep, their bedpartner might unlock the phone and go snooping.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, so necessity gave birth to facial recognition headgear. These light-weight masks look a bit like thin ski masks. They retail for around $6 and come in a variety of colors.

The catch, of course, is that you have to wear the mask when you're sleeping. The idea of this has sprouted a host of memes on the internet. One meme shows a man in a winter ski mask with the caption, "How you gotta sleep next to your girl after you cop the new iPhoneX."

Another meme reading, "Apples new Face ID is going to have dudes wearing one of these to bed," showing a screenshot from the movie, 'Man in the Iron Mask'.

It sounds funny, but anti-recognition gear is a growing market. Some people aren't even worried about iPhones; they're worried about the thousands of surveillance cameras that they pass on a daily basis when they go walking around.

The company URME is trying to meet the demand. "Our world is becoming increasingly surveilled. For example, Chicago has over 25,000 cameras networked to a single facial recognition hub," their website reads.

"We don't believe you should be tracked just because you want to walk outside and you shouldn't have to hide either. Instead, use one of our products to present an alternative identity when in public."

The artist is offering 3D-printed resin masks made from a scan of his own face. That way, when his customers go out in streets across the country, the artist is the face that will be flagged and tracked, not the wearer of the mask.

"When you wear these devices, the cameras will track me instead of you and your actions in public space will be attributed as mine because it will be me the cameras see," said the artist.

"All URME devices have been tested for facial recognition and each properly identifies the wearer of me on Facebook, which has some of the most sophisticated facial recognition software around."

The mask does look a little creepy with the cut-out eyes. It’s not going to work up close, so I wouldn’t plan to wear it if you were looking to go card-counting in Vegas or if you were going to walk up to a bank teller and hand her a note. But for those a little nervous about being on candid camera everywhere they go, it could put their concerns to rest.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Taobao

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