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In 1998, Sony accidentally released to market 700,000 camcorders which could see through people’s clothes

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Sony was under heavy criticism in 1998¬†after the company sold 700,000 camcorders which could see throught people’s clothes.


The camcorders were equipped with special infrared light lenses that could see through thin, dark-colorder clothing. The quality of image depended on the ability of the piece of cloth to absorb the infrared waves (for example: swimsuits provided high quality images).


The technology was intended for cameras with IR night vision mode. But Sony had to recall their product once they found themselves under heavy criticism from customers.

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