The American company Gaize has developed a device of the same name that scans people's eyes to detect cannabis users. The device will be used by the police to detect smoked drivers.
Gaize is similar in appearance to virtual reality glasses and fits in a compact case, making it suitable for use in the field. The scheme for using the gadget is as follows:
- a law enforcement officer puts a device on a suspect;
- for a few seconds the person is in complete darkness;
- then a bright light comes on;
- the device records eye movements.
Gaize experts conducted 350 clinical trials and compiled a list of specific micro-eye movements characteristic of people taking THC. Based on this information, artificial intelligence knows whether a person is under the influence of cannabis or not. However, the device is not able to determine the degree of drug intoxication, in connection with this, the results of its work cannot be used as evidence in court.
Ken Fichtler, founder of Gaize, said: "You can't just measure THC and say, 'Yeah, this guy's high because he has 5 nanograms of THC floating around in his system.' It doesn't work like that. Instead, we look for signs of drug intoxication. I think this approach is more rational, balanced and fair."
Fichtler supports the lifting of the ban on recreational cannabis and is not trying to annoy the weed smokers with his invention. He set out to create an objective and accurate device to identify cannabis users in order to improve road safety in regions and countries that have legalized marijuana.
Ken plans to sell the gadgets only to law enforcement and services that work for the benefit of the people, such as monitoring the sobriety of truckers and employees of hazardous industrial facilities. According to Fichtler, Gaize gadgets have already been tested, and soon the devices will be sold to law enforcement agencies. He assumes that the police will start using them within the next two years.
To reduce the chances of driver personal information being leaked to the dark web, Gaize test scores will be stored encrypted in the cloud. At the same time, drivers will be allowed to view and download their survey reports at any time. Moreover, Gaize specialists will train law enforcement officers for free on how to use the devices and issue digital certificates for completing an hour and a half educational course.