If you don’t like the idea of being recognized by surveillance cameras, then this latest DIY project could be for you. Of course, if you’re planning to use it for nefarious purposes, then DIYP doesn’t condone that. However, it’s an interesting experiment to see what works and what doesn’t when trying to confuse CCTV cameras.
Artist Mac Pierce invented the Adversarial Infrared Hoodie to “give the user the option to anonymize themselves within the recording of a night vision security camera,” according to his website.
It’s a simple yet effective design. The hoodie is adorned with a ring of 12 infrared LEDs. These LEDs use the same wavelength of infrared light commonly used by security cameras as flood lights for night vision. The lights are programmed to strobe at a frequency that never allows the camera’s auto-exposure feature to settle, thereby effectively blinding the cameras and obscuring the wearer’s face.
Because the LEDs are infrared, they are invisible to the human eye. Therefore this won’t attract undue attention from passersby. Although, it must be noted that this hoodie would only be effective at night time.
With the rise in AI facial recognition software and its implications, I can understand why some people might feel the need to experiment with this sort of attire.
Is privacy in public spaces a basic human right, or should governments have automatic power over this kind of surveillance?