Stealth Wear: The latest in anti-surveillance clothing

Summary:Are privacy concerns in the world of surveillance and drones critical enough for us to protect ourselves through clothing?

Drones and facial-recognition technology are advancing. As privacy worries deepen, a range of clothing has been designed in the name of countersurveillance.

"Stealth Wear," designed by artist and design professor Adam Harvey, may seem the modern equivalent of a tin hat for some -- or it may be viewed as a response to an environment filled with surveillance drones, wearable tech, mobile cameras and government tracking .

Harvey acknowledges that the concept of "stealth wear" seems to be plucked straight from a science fiction novel, but says there is a "growing need" for products that can protect your privacy.

In London, Harvey recently displayed his anti-surveillance designs. His work includes hooded sweatshirts and cloaks -- made from reflective fabric -- that reduce thermal footprints which could hinder aerial surveillance vehicles that use heat-imaging technology to track.

Harvey is not the only one working on anti-surveillance garments. The National Institute of Informatics in Japan has developed a visor which uses light sources bordering on infrared to stop facial-recognition software from registering your features and identifying you in photographs.

Harvey's designs are still concepts, but he believes that they will increase awareness and "empower you to control your identity a little more."

No matter if the clothing ever reaches our stores, the designs do represent today's worries over surveillance and privacy invasion.

Read More: New York Times


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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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