Amazon Fire’s Six Cameras- The Better to See You With, Dear

The big story on the street is the launch of Amazon’s new smartphone, Fire. A major feature of the phone is its ability to buy things around you using a 3D scanner, which requires the phone to have 6 cameras. Standard smart phones today have two cameras- one in the back and one in the front. In addition to the inordinate amount of cameras, the phone will have built in Firefly, which can listen to and identify music via a microphone feature that listens to the room.

…fierce competition is waged between our desire to more easily connect, communicate and capture the world around us, and our desire not to have a little smartphone camera watching us at night from our bedside table.

In this industry, competitive advantage entails the introduction of further data collectors and sensors to our smartphones, giving these phones the potential to become very well rounded pieces of spyware. Consumers are beginning to become more aware of the potential risks involved in carrying such powerful and personal technology. The development of Faraday pouches, created by a Berlin artist, indicates attempts by individuals to proactively protect their cyber privacy. These new phone holders are meant to block phone signals and are becoming popular on the market, but their effectiveness remains disputed.

In our demand for more, more, more from our smartphone devices, what is at risk? Concerns of consumer privacy are becoming more public as technology continues to advance.

 

Read more here- “With Amazon Fire’s Six Camera, Smartphones are Evolving Into More Perfect Spying Devices,” (Kashmir Hill, Forbes)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.

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