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Could a new infrared-camera technology render traditional drunk tests obsolete? Maybe,
reports. This could be good news for cops, as well as the uncoordinated
among us, who were never very good at walking in a straight line even
when stone cold sober, anyway.
Wired points to a paper published in the
International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics by computer scientists Georgia Koukiou and Vassilis Anastassopoulos of
the University of Patras in Greece that outlines two new algorithms that
may change the way we identify the drunks around us.
The first algorithm utilizes thermal-image scans, since alcohol causes
blood-vessel dilation. Koukiou and Anastassopoulos compared scans from
subjects who were inebriated against sober subjects. In order to compensate
for human, environmental and equipment variables, a second algorithm is
used. This analyzes parts of the subject's face: alcohol consumption
will cause a person's nose to become warmer, while their forehead
The paper suggests that this system of thermal-imaging could be especially
useful to police officers, who often have to rely on purely behavioral
clues when stopping someone. The cameras would also come in handy for
nightclubs and bars,
Complex points out. Since it's unlikely that most people carry around breathalyzers,
a quick scan could be a valuable tool for bar-goers to figure out when
it's time to call a cab.
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