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A JAPANESE electronics firm has unveiled a futuristic new digital camera that unveils and photographs “the inner you.”
“The Soul Camera reveals the truth, but it’s still a machine - it doesn’t know how to lie.”
Nakamura refuses to say exactly how the Soul Camera works but acknowledges that it relies on technology similar to what is used in cameras that photograph “auras” that are invisible to the naked eye.
And in a demonstration that left many trade-show visitors speechless, a dozen professional photographers outfitted with Soul Cameras invited all comers to sit for a picture.
Not everyone was so pleased with the result. A well-built and attractive Chicago computer salesman who declined to give his name sat for his picture - and he came out looking like a skid row bum.
“This is a bunch of bull,” he fumed. “What’s this all about? This is some kind of a joke.”
Not so, says Nakamura, who cites queries from police departments, intelligence agencies and even courts and judges from around the world who are interested in using the Soul Camera to help in the evaluation of criminals and suspects, including possible terrorists.
The cameras are available only in Japan at the moment, but Nakamura says U.S. versions will hit stores by June. They come in three styles, including basic, deluxe and professional trims.
Suggested price for the base version will be around $6,000. Top-of-the-line models will go for at least $18,000, Nakamura says.