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Method of Using Human Body Near-Field Communication to Determine Consent for Photo Capture and Approval to Persist

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249012D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for a body-area network that uses the human body as a communication path, as the human body generates an electric-field signal that transmits data, between a photographer and the subjects of the photograph. The communication path provides the photographer with knowledge of whether the human subjects provide consent to be photographed and have the image persisted to storage.

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Method of Using Human Body Near -Field Communication to Determine Consent for Photo Capture and Approval to Persist

The human body can be used as a communication path within a body-area network. One application is to identify for a photographer individuals that provide consent for image capture.

The novel contribution is a body-area network that uses the human body as a communication path. Using a transmitter and a receiver, the system generates a signal in an electronic device and the signal travels through the human body to give a command to another device. The human body generates an electric-field signal that travels through human body and accordingly transmits data. This data transmission does not require power consumption, whereas other data communication methods and systems (e.g., Bluetooth*, infrared, etc.) require power.

Specifically, this solution applies to photography; the communication path provides the photographer with knowledge of whether the human subjects provide consent to be photographed. The method and system use near-field body communication, established with the photographer and subject(s), as well as an access control list, to determine that all individuals permit photograph (photo) or video capture. The system also validates this before persisting the image file to storage.

The method uses a physical touch connection between photo participants and the photographer to establish a human body near-field trusted communication path. This enables photo validation by each participant in which participants can identify themselves in collaboration with camera facial recognition and fingerprint validation. The photographer can then capture an image during a defined period. In addition, the system alerts registered users on an associated mobile device in photo mode and session duration.

Components/Prerequisites:  Digital Camera device (e.g., smart phone, digital camera)  Display to view and approve photos with fingerprint validation to store  Fingerprint reader  Facial recognition (on device or remote cognitive system)  Photo participant registration: each person to be captured in a trusted human

body near-field communication mode must register with facial image and fingerprint...