Stealth Wear

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Stealth Wear’s fashionable line of hoodies, hijabs, and burqas trap the wearer’s body heat, thereby foiling the infrared imaging used by surveillance drones.

With Big Brother digging through our emails and texts, and
security cameras tracking our every move, you’d be forgiven for thinking the
age of privacy is over. But Adam Harvey of the Manhattan School of Visual Arts
isn’t giving up so easily, says Scientific American (March 7, 2013).
Part techie innovator, part political activist, Harvey has been working on some
inventive ways to combat the surveillance state. In 2012, for instance, he
debuted CV Dazzle, a project that protects users from facial-recognition
cameras by strategically changing their makeup and hairstyles.

Harvey’s latest project, called Stealth Wear, takes on drone
surveillance, a technology that may well be on its way to a police department
or FBI branch office near you. Using metalized fabric, Stealth Wear’s
fashionable line of hoodies, hijabs, and burqas trap the wearer’s body heat,
thereby foiling the infrared imaging used by surveillance drones. The copper,
nickel, and silver-plated fabric is so effective, in fact, that wearers have to
uncloak to receive text messages.

And in case you were wondering, Stealth Wear’s allusion
to traditional Islamic garb is no accident. “Conceptually, these garments align
themselves with the rationale behind the traditional hijaband burqa,” Harvey writes on the
project’s website, “to act as ‘the veil which separates man or the world from
God,’ replacing God with drone.”

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