Stealth Wear: New Counter-Surveillance Clothing
Makes You Invisible to Drones
by Mac Slavo: America’s
Biggest Killers: The Chart Anti-Gunners Don’t Want You To See
In early 2012
the U.S. Congress authorized the FAA Air Transportation Modernization
and Safety Improvement Act. Within this bill is a provision
calling for the deployment of some 30,000
robotic drones over the skies of America by 2015, arguably the
boldest overt domestic surveillance initiative to have ever been
introduced in the land of the free. With an average of some 600
drones allocated per state, this future network of highly advanced
surveillance systems promises to give law enforcement, military
and intelligence assets unprecedented video and audio access into
the lives of every single American.
are justifiably outraged.
government attempts to institute a ban on contraband items, or pass
draconian laws, or introduce new tracking and surveillance methods,
rebellious elements within the target populace rapidly develop counter-strategies
and technologies to marginalize the threat.
billion dollar government initiatives and development projects are
rendered almost useless by low-tech strategies and designs.
fashion designer Adam Harvey, who objects to the authoritarian nature
of the global surveillance state, has done just that.
In an effort
to counter the high-tech integrated drone surveillance systems soon
to be fused
into intelligence networks across the country, Harvey and a
group of partners have developed a line of clothing dubbed Stealth
debut on January 17th, the Stealth Wear line will include
hoodies, scarves, hats, and t-shirts that will make the
wearer invisible to thermal imaging cameras widely used throughout
the unmanned aerial vehicle community.
is that the material blocks heat signatures, captured using infrared
sensors, which give people away to surveillance helicopters or
drones from the skies above. [link]
Stealth Wear line will include:
anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: Garments designed
to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.
XX-shirt: A x-ray shielding print in the shape of a
heart, that protects your heart from x-ray radiation
the Off Pocket: An anti-phone accessory that allows
you to instantly zero out your phone’s signal
Adam Harvey Projects
and his project team aren’t just limiting the scope of their
work to anti-drone technology either.
introduced new techniques to counter computer vision (CV), also
known as facial recognition.
Dazzle is camouflage from computer vision (CV). It is a form of
expressive interference that combines makeup and hair styling
(or other modifications) with face-detection thwarting designs.
The name is derived from a type of camouflage used during WWI,
called Dazzle, which was used to break apart the gestalt-image
of warships, making it hard to discern their directionality, size,
and orientation. Likewise, the goal of CV Dazzle is to
break apart the gestalt of a face, or object, and make it undetectable
to computer vision algorithms, in particular face detection.
face detection is the first step in automated facial recognition,
CV Dazzle can be used in any environment where automated face
recognition systems are in use, such as Google’s Picasa,
Flickr, or Facebook
also be launching a product called Off the Pocket for your
cell phone, a technology that is capable of zeroing out your phone’s
broadcast signal, making it invisible to GPS and mobile network
off previous work with CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection,
Stealth Wear continues to explore the aesthetics of privacy and
the potential for fashion to challenge authoritarian surveillance.
Presented by PRIMITIVE at TANK MAGAZINE HQ will be a suite of
new designs, made in collaboration with NYC fashion designer Johanna
Bloomfield, that tackle some of the most pressing and sophisticated
forms of surveillance today.
each project will be videos and tests revealing the process behind
each technology and counter technology.
from SHTF Plan.
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small business owner and independent investor.
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