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Discussion in 'Technology / Science' started by tyler.durden, Jan 5, 2013.


    tyler.durden Well-Known Member

    Love this thing! Can't wait to get a couple, I've paid over $1000 in the last couple of years from these damn cameras, a few weren't even deserved ;) Not sure if the YT videos will work with my C&P, so you can go here to see this thing in action - http://www.nophoto.com/pages/how-it-works. Spread the word to help get these made...

    How it Works

    While the noPhoto is a highly advanced piece of equipment, the concept behind its operation is elegantly simple. Here is how a typical traffic camera encounter would happen with the noPhoto installed on your car:

    1. The traffic camera fires its flash to illuminate your car for a picture
    2. The noPhoto detects the flash, analyzes it, and sends the proper firing sequence to its own xenon flashes
    3. The noPhoto precisely times and fires the flash at the exact moment needed to overexpose the traffic camera
    4. Since the traffic camera is not expecting the additional light from the noPhoto, all of its automated settings are incorrect and the image is completely overexposed. Your license plate cannot be seen and you will not get a ticket in the mail.
    Here's a video that shows how it works:

    And here's a video showing the performance of the flash detection circuitry:


    Critically overexposing an image is not a new concept; the thought may have crossed your mind, "Why has nobody done this before?" The answer is simple - nobody else has invested this level of expertise, time, and capital into solving this problem. There are several highly technical challenges that we overcame to make the noPhoto a success. Our team includes electrical and mechanical engineering professionals that are one of the few Apple certified manufacturers in the United States, a prestigious designation that ensures the utmost expertise and highest quality. Every aspect of the noPhoto's design has been thought through and refined - it has a purpose.
    To understand the noPhoto, it helps to have a basic understanding of photography. Generally speaking, the amount of light that a camera collects while taking a picture is called "exposure." If there is not enough light, than the final picture will be too dark to see much. Conversely, if there is too much light, the picture will be too bright to see. At the most basic level, what the noPhoto does is make the license plate portion of the image too bright for the camera's sensor to handle. The noPhoto is so powerful that it causes what are called "blown highlights" - that is, the brightness is so overwhelming that the camera sees the image as a featureless field of white light. As you can see in the image below, the camera simply can't see the license plate.
    Here is a picture of the license plate with the noPhoto prototype turned off:
    This is a picture with the noPhoto activated.
    One of the most difficult parts of the noPhoto's design was engineering the proprietary flash detection circuitry. Some of you photographers out there may be thinking, "But wait! We've had optical slave flash triggers for years!" This is true, but what you also know is that optical flash triggers are useless outdoors beyond several feet due to infrared interference. This is why radio flash triggers are preferred in the photographic industry.
    What we've managed to do is develop flash detection circuitry that can detect a typical traffic enforcement flash as far away as 150+ feet in direct sunlight. It can even detect less powerful consumer camera flashes up to 60 feet away in direct sunlight. In overcast or nighttime conditions, the range nearly doubles. Since the vast majority of traffic camera encounters occur inside of 150 feet, this provides excellent protection from camera tickets.
    Once we solved the distance problem, another issue cropped up. Our flash detection circuit was so good that it was detecting too many sources of light, causing false triggers. The sun, car headlights, and even a flashlight would set the device off! While false triggers aren't inherently a huge problem, they do slightly reduce bulb life so we wanted to eliminate them. We discovered that by creating powerful filtering circuitry, we could do real-time analysis of the leading edge of the detected light. Different types of light have unique rise time and leading edge characteristics; by creating a hardware filtering circuit, we were able to reduce false alerts by over 90%.

    Here are some pictures of the noPhoto showing off its range and timing capabilities (click to enlarge)

    The noPhoto detects and reacts to a flash from over 100 feet away

    A telephoto zoom lens at 200mm shows the noPhoto reacting to the flash from over 100 feet away

    A close-up shot of the noPhoto firing

    On top of our careful engineering and thoughtful design, each component that we use is of the highest quality. We use massive, over-sized flash capacitors, and resistors, diodes, and plastic rated well in excess of the typical operating temperatures of a car. The noPhoto also has several user-friendly features, such as a bulb test button and updateable firmware that ensures it will never become obsolete.
    We've put a tremendous amount of thought, work, and sweat into the noPhoto. We know it will protect you well.

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    tyler.durden Well-Known Member

    Here's a video showing the performance of the flash detection circuitry:


    cannabineer Ursus marijanus

    If you get pulled over and that device is found by CHP ... what then? cn

    tyler.durden Well-Known Member

    It's my understanding that there are no laws against this thing as of yet...

    ginjawarrior Well-Known Member

    i bet 10 internets that its a scam

    theres been many differing devices over the years claiming to do what this device does and the unfortunate people that buy them only find out they dont work once they've received their ticket

    ASMALLVOICE Well-Known Member

    That is finer than frog hair.

    Hats off for the excellent work.

    Peace and No Tickets


    racerboy71 bud bootlegger

    tell ponch to take a chill pill would be my advice.. :D

    tyler.durden Well-Known Member

    That sucks, GW. I can't find any other products that claim to do what this does, could you post a couple of links?

    ginjawarrior Well-Known Member


    tyler.durden Well-Known Member

    ^^ Yeah, this product would sell really well if they offered a guarantee of paying your tickets (up to the price of the product) if you could show proof that it is properly installed. We'll see, but spread the word! I still want one ;)

    cannabineer Ursus marijanus

    I'm guessing there will be. So far my state doesn't have speed cameras, but they're doing a very underhanded thing with red light cameras. Google "snitch ticket".
    As long as it's legal, that might work. But my guess is that it'll put a serious CHiP on their shoulders, and they'll go for max hassle. cn

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