Image:-OnePlus' 8 Pro features has a X-ray vision sees through plastic and clothes
If you have a OnePlus 8 Pro and want to try it out for yourself, simply open the camera app, swipe over to the color filter "Photochrom," and point some black objects to it.
Fair warning: we have ourselves experimented with the filter and it's really quite selective. It only works on very thin black plastic which in the right light is already a bit see-through. Instead of the sturdier plastic of a high-end DSLR think things like TV remotes. With clothing, it's hit or miss too.
We first saw this trick on Twitter via Ben Geskin (above) but it has been demonstrated by many people since. There's a great Unbox Therapy video (below) showing the filter in action, looking through an Apple TV box, a remote switch and even a thin black T-shirt.
But how it works? We have reached out to OnePlus to see what they know (and confirm that it was an intentional feature or not), but it seems that the process relies on the infrarot sensors of the phone that collect a type of radiation that is invisible to the human eye.
Infrared sits in the electromagnetic spectrum directly above visible light, and is sometimes referred to as "heat radiation," because that is how we feel its effects. The world is saturated in infrarot but we usually don't think about it because we don't see it. About half of the energy that comes from the Sun to the Earth comes in, for example, as infrarot.
Special types of equipment, including night vision goggles, and thermal cameras, can capture infrared radiation. This allows you to see through certain materials, as infrared passes through them in a way that is not possible for visible light (which is perceived by all our eyes). For example, firefighters use infrared cameras to see burning buildings through the smoke.
As high-end phones also begin to incorporate infrarot sensors, they appear to be able to be used for the same purpose. And the OnePlus 8 Pro is not the only one that can do it. The TrueDepth camera on recent iPhones, which uses infrared light to scan your face for FaceID, can also be hijacked to create see-through images, as demonstrated by app developer Guilherme Rambo (although it seems you need a jail-broken iPhone to do so).
The question that remains is this will create trouble for OnePlus, especially if the filter can be used to see all the privacy issues that entails through clothing. It does seem like the filter can see through clothing in the Unbox Therapy video, albeit under very limited conditions. The same was confirmed by a Reddit user.
OnePlus might have to restrict the feature through a software update, depending on the severity of the problem. There was, after all, a similar scandal in the 1990s when Sony was forced to recall a camcorder that included a feature of night vision that could also be used to see through clothing.
Until then, enjoy a remote look inside your TV. If you have an 8 Pro and have the feature experimented with, drop a few pictures below. If and when we hear back from OnePlus we'll update this story.
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