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This smartphone uses AI to prevent you from taking nudes

Whether you've got a problem or want to stop minors in the family from taking nudes, this phone might help.

Published onFebruary 19, 2020

The back of the Tone E20.

Smartphones have become the primary photography platform for the vast majority of people around the world, and this extends to nude pictures as well.

There’s nothing wrong with an adult taking nudes in the first place, but what if you have a problem or you’d like to make sure your children aren’t engaging in this sort of thing? That’s where the Tone E20 smartphone comes in.

The new device by Japanese company Tone has a feature dubbed Smartphone Protection, according to CNET. This feature uses machine learning within the camera app to detect nudes being taken with the phone. If a nude photo is indeed detected by the camera app, it simply blocks the snap from being saved to the phone’s gallery.

The Tone E20 smartphone.

In a rather interesting move, the phone can also be connected to a guardian’s device and warn them if someone tried to take a nude selfie. Hopefully Tone has tuned the feature adequately enough to prevent false positives. After all, the last thing I’d want as a minor is to be wrongfully accused of taking nudes by my guardian.

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The fact that the feature is reportedly nestled within the native camera app suggests you could bypass this restriction by installing a third-party camera and/or a different gallery app. Nevertheless, the feature still makes for a pretty novel use of machine learning.

Otherwise, the Tone E20 is a pretty capable if unspectacular budget phone for 19,800 Japanese yen (~$180). It packs a low-end Helio P22 chipset, triple rear camera setup (12MP+13MP ultra-wide+2MP depth), rear fingerprint scanner, and 3,900mAh battery.

You can also expect a 6.26-inch HD+ screen, 64GB of expandable storage, an 8MP selfie camera in a waterdrop notch, camera-based face unlock, and Android 9.0 Pie.

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