This is a simplified scanner. The prototype camera costs $17,950 and requires a complicated tripod set-up. Rent it for just $1,950. Cheap!
reports that new infrared-camera technology can identify those among us who are drunk. That’s good news for policemen and people like me who cannot walk straight lines, but bad news for those who give no behavioral clues when they are inebriated. (Years ago, I actually was asked by a policeman if I had been drinking, but that’s another story. Lucy Parker, Karen Cox, and Gayle Mills can attest to my constant sobriety. A virgin daiquiri? Seriously?) The police normally check for certain “tells” in the way a person acts before they give a breathalyzer test. The infrared camera rules out a policeman’s dependence on judging those signs.
Because alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate, a person who has been drinking will have a warmer nose, though his forehead will stay cooler. Those patterns show up vividly when a person’s face is scanned.
The technology could also help those who own bars as well as those who frequent them. A quick, non-intrusive scan would easily show barkeepers who’s had enough; bar-goers would see when it’s time to call that cab.
He’s awake! Take a picture quickly!
Mr. Hurst would never drive his trap again, and White’s would know when to stop serving him. I think this gadget would be an excellent gift for Louisa.