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Innovation of the week: The counterfeit catcher
Never be fooled by a fake again
 

Never be fooled by a fake again, said Takashi Mochizuki at The Wall Street Journal. Japan's NEC has developed software that lets users spot counterfeit products "with the discreet click of a smartphone camera button." The system uses a pattern recognition system to scan and analyze the tiniest of details in the products' surface patterns and compare them with an online database of luxury goods — just like a fingerprint. NEC hopes retailers will use the system to discern knockoffs more quickly and cheaply.

 

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