Is that nice discounted bag you saw the other day a sweet deal or a fake designed bag? Thank God there’s now a gadget that can do the hard work for us. Entrupy, a New-York based tech startup, has created a nifty device that can tell the difference between a counterfeit designer bag and the real deal. How? All you need is a smartphone and a handheld microscopic camera and you’ll have an answer within minutes, Bloomberg reports.
The camera magnifies objects 260 times, bringing to light features that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye. Fashion labels routinely add holographic tags, micro-printing and even radio beacons to their products to prove they’re the real deal, and classic signs of a knockoff, such as misshapen stamp marks, tiny gaps in leather grain, and paint overruns, would also be visible on camera.
Entrupy’s database contains photos of “tens of millions of photographs from about 30,000 different handbags and wallets” and the software becomes even more intelligent as users upload new photos of both real and knockoff items, Bloomberg reported.
The technology can even be used to authenticate other items. “The technology works pretty well on everything except for diamonds and porcelain, because those are refractive and we use optical analysis,” said one of the company’s co-founders. “We’ve already tested it on auto parts, phones, chargers, headphones, jackets, shoes, even crude oil.” Because imitation might be the most sincere form of flattery, but it might be safer to just send flowers.