December 17, 2010 in Photo and Video (E)
[prMac.com] Hong Kong - SolarSpark Productions today is pleased to announce FaceSpy 1.2 for iPhone or iPod touch 4th generation, an update to their photography app that allows users to perform clandestine surveillance without detection. Ordinarily, activating the device's camera fills the view screen with a big, bright, colorful shot of the subject. A casual glance from anyone nearby would immediately expose the observer's less-than-licit intent. The secret to the app's effectiveness is that it embeds the view of the subject being observed into a typical web page layout. The user appears to be surfing Facebook, but one of those photos is actually the live feed from the camera's viewfinder. Spymasters may shoot stills or video using front or back cameras. SolarSpark Productions does advise, "Spy cameras and spy cams make discreet investigation and security a lot easier, but should only be used for lawful purposes."
The version 1.2 update features an optional control panel overlay, allowing the observer to shoot stills or video, zoom in or out, and surf from "page" to "page" using ordinary taps and swipes, rather than buttons on a control panel onscreen. Being able to control most functions without revealing the control panel makes the use (and user) of FaceSpy almost impossible to detect. Functions that can only be accessed from the control panel include: camera front/back, flash on/off, and control panel onscreen/offscreen. There are 10 camouflage, mock web sites available including: Google, Facebook, Games, Knine, Yahoo, Car, and YouTube. Half appear in portrait mode, and half in landscape; and each has a small photo (about 1 inch square) amidst the others on the page that displays the camera view. Of course, all photos and video are shot full size even though they appear small onscreen.
* Perform photo or video surveillance without detection
* Control camera, video, zoom, and surfing functions using finger swipes and taps
* The view of the subject being watched appears embedded on a normal web page
* All photos and video are shot full size, though they appear small onscreen
* Use the camera function of the iPhone to capture candid, artistic photos
* Ten different mock web pages, both portrait and landscape
SparkProductions explains the practical value of their product, "Take photos and record videos unnoticed. FaceSpy is the perfect Spy Cam for the following situations: take discreet surveillance of an area, secretly take a snapshot of someone's awkward behavior, capture photo evidence as a thief attempts to steal someone's wallet on a bus, spy on your colleagues to see if they are really working or just surfing the Internet, take a look at the person behind you without turning around (front camera required)." Whatever the user's motivation, people-watchers of every stripe can indulge their hobby without fear of detection with FaceSpy.
"Great Britain has 4.2 million security CCTVs (Closed Circuit Televisions) throughout the country, and it is calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times per day," commented SolarSpark Productions CEO, Spark So. "Within 200 yards of the home of the late author, George Orwell, there are now 32 always-on surveillance cameras. FaceSpy allows individuals to share in the power we have all ceded to our governments."
* iPhone, or iPod touch 4th generation
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 5.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
FaceSpy 1.2 is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Photography category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Hong Kong, the SolarSpark Production team is an independent software company founded in 2009 by Spark So. With their strong blend of design and development skills, SolarSpark's passion is to craft elegant, easy-to-use applications for the Mac platform. Copyright (C) 2009-2010 Spark So. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.