AN AUTOMATIC movie camera which is expected to play a big part in the detection of criminals has been invented by John E. Seebold of Los Angeles. The camera is hidden inside an automatic telephone box, where it is invisible and silent. The device will be installed in banks and other places likely to be visited by criminals, and in case of robbery the cashier can set the hidden camera going by pressing a button, getting a clear action picture of the holdup men. Pictures have been taken at a distance of 85 feet, the subjects being unaware of the camera’s presence.

  1. Chris says: May 1, 20086:55 am

    While the “automatic” movie camera was a step in the right direction, walk into any bank these days and get recored on video from as many as 4 different angles, the chock device described beneath it is not.

    Since seat belts didn’t become standard until the 1950’s the chock device would have been just like getting into a collision with similar results for those inside the vehicle. Think about this possibility: you’re driving along at 40 MPH when all of a sudden you notice the bridge ahead of you is out. You have less than 10 feet before you go over the edge and you know that your brakes won’t stop the car in time so you “drop the chocks.” Your car instantly stops but you don’t and fly out the windshield, onto the road, and down into the gully. If your lucky you might have survived. But even if you died you could be certain that your car did survive with only a broken windshield and no other damage.
    Sounds good to me.

  2. KHarn says: May 3, 20088:09 am

    I was temporarily a bank guard and was shown a camera hidden in a fake speaker. The tellers had set it up and they even had a boombox hidden below in a cabinet to add to the illusion.

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