The days of spamming your photographs with advertising and culture jamming messages are here.
Berlin hacker Julius von Bismarck invented and patented the Image Fulgurator, a device that can remotely insert images into other people’s photos.
The device uses a standard 35mm camera body and lens as a projector. Instead of undeveloped film, the camera is loaded with exposed, developed slide film. A flash is built into the back of the camera, sending light backwards through the body, past the slide and out the telephoto lens. A light sensor is used to trigger the flash when another camera’s flash goes off. Thus, when someone else takes a photo, the Fulgurator zaps its slide’s image onto the object for a few milliseconds.
The device is aimed at the same subject that another person is photographing, and when they snap a photo the resulting image will be manipulated with a separate, overlayed photo. The person taking the photo will have no idea anything happened until they examine their photo.