By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 20, 2013 09:47 PM EST
Yes, there is a connection between the three: designer Adam Harvey created a Stealth Wear hoodie that serves as an invisibility cloak to drones.
While drones wowed many and gained lots of fans and supporters, others are not so excited to have such machines hovering the skies and spying on the everyday citizen. With the U.S. Congress already approving the use of drones for domestic surveillance, even people with nothing to hide are starting to feel a little edgy.
New York-based artist Adam Harvey certainly doesn't like spying drones at all. Instead of complaining about it, Harvey took it upon himself to design camouflage clothing to protect people from government snoopers.
With anti-surveillance clothing in mind, Harvey designed a Stealth Wear hoodie that acts as some sort of invisibility cloak against the spying drones. The New York artist is no stranger to the scene, as he has already designed CVDazzle, a type of makeup that provides camouflage against face-recognition applications. Some may see it as a bit extreme, but Harvey is very keen on his privacy.
The Stealth Wear hoodie is based on a simple principle: drones use thermal radiation to "see," so the hoodie blocks that thermal radiation. Without being able to detect the body heat, the drone will only see what the hoodie doesn't conceal, such as hands or legs. Where the fabric covers the body, that part of the body appears black to a drone, so the image would look like disembodied hands or legs.
As one can imagine, the Stealth Wear is quite expensive to produce and is not available for purchase from just any ordinary store. It will, however, be available for purchase.
Harvey has also designed a scarf that works in a similar manner to the hoodie, thus making one's neck (and face) appear black to a drone. The artist has also designed a t-shirt that aims to protect the wearer's heart against radiation from the x-ray machines in airports, for instance. There's more - Harvey has created a cell phone pouch designed to block radio signals and prevent tracking.
Harvey's work is on display at Primitive London from Jan. 17 through Jan. 31. Designer Johanna Bloomfield helped the artist create the items showcased at the exhibition. Until Jan. 31, the items on display will undergo real-world tests designed to reveal the "process behind each technology and counter technology." According to Harvey, these projects aim to explore the realm of privacy and surveillance.
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