Inventor Jonathan Dandrow's idea began when he first noticed that some cameras can pickup the infrared light from a television remote. It's a piece of useless information at first.
Three years later, Dandrow has completed the noPhoto license plate carrier prototype, an ingenious device that thwarts most traffic cameras with a Xenon flash in The Man's ever-seeing eye.
In an exclusive interview with Autoblog, Dandrow said he created the noPhoto after hearing about his family member always getting tickets in Washington DC from traffic cameras. So he devised a way to create something that would detect the camera taking a picture and flash a bright light over the license plate, making it impossible for the camera to capture the image of the plate.
"All we're trying to do is give drivers privacy," said Dandrow, who says that the device is perfectly legal because it doesn't physically obstruct the license plate. "People should look into how these companies use all of the information they collect. This just stops them from collecting even more."
The recent Xavier University graduate said that he didn't develop the noPhoto for people to break the law, but to stand a chance against money hungry municipalities using high tech cameras to collect $100 bills from drivers – lawfully or otherwise.
Now Dandrow is in the final stages of the product's development and is trying to raise $80,000 to get the device certified by Underwriter's Laboratories. He has posted his fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo, which is where we first caught wind of it.
"I want to build it right," he said. "It's very important to us to get the UL certification. They test it in every situation and make sure you're completely safe."
Scroll down to check out Dandrow's video about the device.