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Sony-Ericsson officially endorses upskirt photography
March 20, 2005 4:11 PM   Subscribe

Sony-Ericsson officially endorses upskirt photography. (Flash, SFW)

"If you see some bright lights at about the height of your ankle, you'd better watch out."
posted by chrismear (42 comments total)

 
"You can tilt the camera so it’s easy to get a frog’s perspective – no more crawling around on your stomach to take those hard-to-get pictures."

(From the product page for this bizarre little remote-controlled, floor-level camera.)
posted by chrismear at 4:15 PM on March 20, 2005


Heh. With that music, I thought I was going to see designs for a new internation space station or something.

What a dumb idea. Honestly. All the pictures you'd get would be low-angle and sort of creepy looking.

Now, a phone camera that attaches to my cat - there's a profit to be made.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:15 PM on March 20, 2005


Oh cool! I've always wanted to see the world from frog's perspective.
posted by c13 at 4:21 PM on March 20, 2005


Heehee. Even regular hand-held cellphones in Japan have unsilencable shutter sounds for their cameras to avoid being used for upshot photography, so I blame the Ericsson side of the equation.
posted by Bugbread at 4:26 PM on March 20, 2005


My own personal robot.

Baby_Balrog, I'm down with a CatCam, or whatever... A camera with some kind of universal adapter at the bottom so you could strap, stick, or whatever it to anything would be awesome. It would have infinite uses - security, pornography, investigation, cat toy, catblogging, etc.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:27 PM on March 20, 2005


Now you're playing with power.
posted by b1tr0t at 4:28 PM on March 20, 2005


If I saw one approach me, I reckon I would get the overwhelming urge to BOOT the thing into next week.

Not out of anger or anything. Just... coz.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 4:34 PM on March 20, 2005


This is a lawsuit just waiting to happen.
posted by booklemur at 4:38 PM on March 20, 2005


Wow, just when I thought that the FPP's couldn't get any lamer .........
posted by berek at 4:41 PM on March 20, 2005


Sony-Ericsson officially endorses upskirt photography.

Looks like I'll have to start wearing panties.
posted by jonmc at 4:54 PM on March 20, 2005


Under your manly kilt, I presume. :)
posted by DaShiv at 5:12 PM on March 20, 2005


Heh.

On St. Patricks day, I was drinking in an Irish bar and some dipshit was wearing a kilt. I wanted to grab him and scream, "Kilts are Scottish not Irish, dipshit!"

But I refrained.
posted by jonmc at 5:15 PM on March 20, 2005


Takes one to know one: this is a lame FPP.
posted by trinarian at 5:18 PM on March 20, 2005


That is an amazing piece of kit. Linux, Bluetooth. The possibilities are huge. You could have some serious computation sitting analysing the images.

You have to wonder when these sorts of things will become commonplace.

It is also a big deal that Sony are making it. It seems like Sony really have a bit of vision on this. Maybe not this robot, but maybe 10 years in the future.

If it's programmable you could make a patrolling security droid with it or something to wander around nursing homes at night checking that people were OK. Military variations with tracks will also have a huge impact.

This feels like gopher in 1990.....
posted by sien at 5:33 PM on March 20, 2005


Googlebot?
posted by keswick at 5:38 PM on March 20, 2005


jonmc: Google Irish Kilts

/derail
posted by Leon at 5:55 PM on March 20, 2005


Oh, well, slap my ass and call me Sally. This schmuck's kilt looked like your standard Tartan so I doubt he was thinking that deeply about it. At least he wasn't wearing a green plastiv derby.
posted by jonmc at 5:58 PM on March 20, 2005


cripes, the household of the future is going to have busy floors with that vacuum bot and this thing roaming around - maybe they could be combined.

These would provide an interesting perspective on the meetups ... DaShiv could get one of these and tip as many brews as he wants. Heck, this might even be able to be programmed to walk him home.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:38 PM on March 20, 2005


Cheez, what do you have to *do* for an FPP around here? Write the Great American Novel (in one paragraph)? I don't much care for link-farm FPP's anyway; somehow it usually seems that the attempt at completeness implies a lowering of standards.

Chrismear, this is a perfectly reasonable post. It's cool, it's of interest to lots of different (kinds of) people, and most importantly, I hadn't seen it before. Bravo!
posted by nickp at 6:56 PM on March 20, 2005


Gee, what a handy device for...uh, photographing toxic spill sites or something...
posted by QuietDesperation at 7:00 PM on March 20, 2005


I think this is a perfectly reasonable post as well.
posted by Bugbread at 7:39 PM on March 20, 2005


Of course it's a woman being 'approached' by the thing and a guy operating it. Hmmm, X-Ray glasses for kids in the 50's and upskirt cams for over-age kids now. If this keeps up I predict the complete elimination of the skirt from normal use within 3 years. Any woman wearing a skirt will be judged to be 'just asking for it'. Of course she wants her crotch photographed, she's wearing a skirt isn't she?
posted by scheptech at 7:41 PM on March 20, 2005


These would provide an interesting perspective on the meetups ...

Yes, for the mug-bottoms-and-nostrils shots that I've always wanted to capture. And under-the-kilt shots as well!
posted by DaShiv at 8:39 PM on March 20, 2005


I think this is an imperfectly reasonable post.

At least he wasn't wearing a green plastiv derby.

Why, are green plastic derbys Scottish?
posted by soyjoy at 8:50 PM on March 20, 2005


what movie was it with little spidery cams running all over everywhere looking for people? this seems like the beginning of that.
posted by amberglow at 8:57 PM on March 20, 2005


amberglow: "The Spiders"?
posted by allaboutgeorge at 9:09 PM on March 20, 2005


Runaway, starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons?
posted by keswick at 9:45 PM on March 20, 2005


Gattaca?
posted by underthehat at 9:53 PM on March 20, 2005


Minority Report?
posted by teg at 10:08 PM on March 20, 2005


This is plain cool. I'd love if someone hacks this to work with all blue tooth devices not just the phones, I'd be all over it for my iPaq.

The spider cameras were done in _The Fith Element_ too.
posted by Mitheral at 10:29 PM on March 20, 2005


Minority Report?
posted by Dreamghost at 11:05 PM on March 20, 2005


jinx (hit's teg in the shoulder)
posted by Dreamghost at 11:06 PM on March 20, 2005


> If I saw one approach me, I reckon I would get the overwhelming urge to BOOT the thing into next week.
>
> Not out of anger or anything. Just... coz.

Damn skippy -- though suddenly I wonder what it would take to hack into one of these things to [change|add] the shutter sound so that it sounds like a little kick-me dog's yip, just to make the impulse _that_ much harder to keep contained.

<derail>

> The spider cameras were done in _The Fith Element_ too.

As long as spiders of the future look suspiciously like cockroaches. ;)

It's been a while since I've watched it, but I don't remember such things in Gattaca -- I'm pretty sure it's Minority Report that amberglow's thinking of.

And while I'm only roughly 1/128th Irish, and not Scottish in the least (to my knowledge), I see no reason to stop wearing my Utilikilts. Heritage or no, they're _damn_ comfortable, and snazzy to boot (imho).

</ derail>
posted by djwudi at 11:27 PM on March 20, 2005


I know what you mean jonmc. I too was out on Paddys night, and there was a Polish Girl drinking Jack Daniels. I wanted to grab her and shout "Jack Daniels is American, not Irish. You dipshit." In the end I just grabbed the whisky and shouted at it "She's Polish, Not Irish you stupid American Drink."

A few people stared at me, but I didn't care because rather stupidly, they were wearing Jeans.
I mean, Come on!
posted by seanyboy at 12:53 AM on March 21, 2005


On St. Patricks day, I was drinking in an Irish bar and some dipshit was wearing a kilt. I wanted to grab him and scream, "Kilts are Scottish not Irish, dipshit!"

Aren't kilts celtic? I.e. Scotish and Irish?
posted by Jase_B at 1:15 AM on March 21, 2005


There aren't any Celts in Ireland anyway. Or at least not many.
posted by fshgrl at 2:02 AM on March 21, 2005


link via b3ta newsletter?
posted by Frasermoo at 5:40 AM on March 21, 2005


The movie might be Runaway, and if you are thinking Kilt, like most people think Kilt, it was actually first made by a fellow from Lancashire (England)...

"A letter published in the Scots Journal in March 1785 argued that the garment people would today recognize as a kilt was invented around the 1720s by Thomas Rawlinson, a Quaker from Lancashire. Rawlinson is claimed to have designed it for the Highlanders who worked in his new charcoal production facility in the woods of northern Scotland. After the Jacobite campaign of 1715 the government was "opening" the Highlands to outside exploitation and Rawlinson was one of the businessmen who took advantage of the situation. He thought that the traditional Highland kilt, the "belted plaid" which consisted of a large cloak, was inconvenient for tree cutters and introduced the new kilt. Rawlinson liked the new creation so much that he began to wear it as well and was soon imitated by his Scottish colleagues, the MacDonell's of Glengarry."

There where other types of kilts before this inculding the Great Kilt.
posted by edgeways at 8:32 AM on March 21, 2005


I saw that little thing, and all that I could think of was the Kugelpanzer. But that's because I'm a nerd.
posted by trigonometry at 9:43 AM on March 21, 2005


This is interesting and not a bad FPP, just a really bad product. Does the world need more low angle wierd shots?

The world does need more men in kilts though. Mmmmmm, breezy!
posted by fenriq at 11:34 AM on March 21, 2005


I think they used those spider cameras in "Dude, where's my car?"
posted by davejay at 2:12 PM on March 21, 2005


I saw that little thing, and all that I could think of
A high price toy being squished from pedestrians.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:13 PM on March 21, 2005


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