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This Instructable is for an "invisibility suit" (or what we in the art-making biz might call a metaphorical object) worn in hopes of locating a balance between our privacy and our protection. It imitates technological solutions to preserving privacy and crosses the border between the digital and the physical. f wearing the suit comments on image representation and the possibility of reclaiming objectivity in interpretations of our actions.

The following steps show you how to re-create a suit which makes your body appear to be pixelated on public surveillance cameras. The concept is based upon developments around surveillance and society, as we are now entering a new privacy paradigm in which this balance between surveillance authority and civil privacy protection is oscillating. In the US, our law enforcement surveillance lacks the technology expertise and manpower to keep pace with global terrorists and criminals, so surveillance has widened by collaborating with private and commercial corporations.
The door swings both ways, and those working under a commerce-based agenda might not have to work too hard at data mining. To date, there is no single comprehensive system which protects all of our personal data.
Yet, with this weight attached to data acquisition, appended to surveillance, we feel a great level of comfort when cameras monitor us in closed public spaces, such as subway tunnels, or during vulnerable hours of the night. We want our bodies and our possessions protected, to take the safest flight back home, no matter how long the delay. In fact some may argue that we've even taken on the behavior of surveillance technology and begun to monitor one another. Bloggers In China Start Testing Limits Of 'Mental Firewall'

The technological advances...
Technologists are creating new software which makes separations in video content between analysis and human interpretation. - in real time individuals/objects pass through a series of event and behavior detection tests, which have been encoded into the viewers' server.

Once your behavior is seen as "passable" , meaning that there is no foul play seen by these systems, then your image becomes pixelated or scrambled, thus preserving your privacy.
For smaller environments, such as school or office security, one's specific bodily behavior , such as gait, can b registered by a main system, then the employee or appropriate person's digital data are encoded with a watermark, their images become scrambled and they are free to move around the space, without any compromise on their identity. demonstrations
Step 4 shows further explains this, see some videos on research and products.

The invisibility suit is a physical manifestation of this technology and ways in which our bodies can be measured as data. Increasingly, biometrical developments encroaching upon the public sphere are at the focus of vast ethical debates.
It also allows us to regain control of scopic impositions, in a sense this suit allows the wearer to assert his or her power of keeping his/her bodily representation objective. It rejects the viewers power to judge, interpret, and apply any values to the person being filmed. the proverbial playing field is leveled and the wearer has sent a semaphoric message to the video viewers- "How can I trust you if you don't trust me?"

By creating and doning such a suit, you are making a symbolic gesture to the people monitoring public surveillance footage to the effect of " hey I know you're watching me, but please be responsible with my data, otherwise I may have to remain 'invisible'. Why don't we negotiate?"
As a bonus, you're also commenting on ways in which our bodies are increasingly turning into digital data!

 
But that just makes people in public think your a little wack......no insult intended here. Personaly, I think it might be more interesting to make a suit that appears to be normal everyday attire, but shows up on security cameras as a pixelatted or blacked out. For example. Take a hat, shirt, pants, and cover them with IR leds. That way, the majority of security cameras would see you as a big white spot walking by. You may even be able to hide the leds under the clothing since IR light passes right through most fabrics. This would send a clear message to "big brother" without having to explain yourself to everyone in the streets. It would be interesting to wear such a thing around, and see how long it takes before you're questioned.......probably not too long. I do like your concept though.
that guy didn't know what he was doing. He used IR LEDs with a low angle output. some have a low angle output of about 5 to 10 degrees, but they do make high angle output more like 80 degrees or more. That way the IR covers a broad area instead of being focused. there are also other wyas to disperse the light by using lenses. you just have to put some thought into it.
Sort of neat I guess.... Maybe if you replaced the white cards with mirror tiles you would have better results? Interesting concept. Cheers.
Lurch6 years ago
Have I completely missed the point? What is the difference between this and just wearing a balaclava? Surely if you want to get locked up under some variation of the mental health act then going out whilst wearing a suit made plastic badges is probably a good way to go about it? Anyone committing some form of wrongdoing will generally do it conspicuously and get away with it. Doing nothing wrong whilst conspicuosly doing it is likely to get you some attention for no reason, which surely is the complete opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve? I've missed the point haven't I? What is the point again?
gow877 years ago
Now this is a comment to the british folk as i dont know how the law works in america. But you can request your image if somebody is filming you (store cctv etc) but this is what i dont understand You want privacy in a public place... now to me, so what if your on film. If your doing things which you wouldnt want to be on film, why would you be doing them in a public place? As for shop cctv, its their property, you dont want to get filmed you dont go in there? Am i missing something?
thinker gow877 years ago
yes you are the "little brother" "george orwell" and so on quotes above, should help enlighten you to the problem, but in summary, in my opinion, its too much power in the hands of too few, they can claim to have avideo of you, without showing you said video, (and without this being proof of said video's existence) and using this video, raid your house, seize/freeze your assets (only if it is suspected drug dealing related i think), and detain you for at least several months, without clear evidence being shown. and when the evidence is shown it could be as little as you buying some methylated spirits, buying lighter fluid, or other seemingly innocuous transactions because with all the video footage watching for the Possibility of a crime, then its an action which could possibly lead to a crime or be the basis of a crime which can become suspicious, and the evidence against you Doesnt have to show an illegal act in and of itself /rant
And walking around in that suit doesn't make people suspicious of your actions and want to search your house?
by making a public mockery of the CCTV system and by becoming a known person, i would imagine they would be less likely to be the focus of a random raid actually the police tend to pick on those without friends from my experiences (i mean friends as in, tonnes of people likely to make a fuss/attract media attention) besides the suit is completely legal, and i expect seeing it would amuse many cctv operators anyway
richelton7 years ago
One of those nagging little half-baked ideas floating around in my head (and in a couple of half-wired pieces somewhere on my workbench) involves a way to electronically defeat video camera surveillance while remaining perfectly visible to real people looking at you with real biological eyeballs. As a necessary condition of going about our everyday lives we tend to forget that the map is not the territory (similar to the willing suspension of disbelief necessary to "get into" a fictional movie or play pretend) but in many cases there are crucial differences between seemingly one-to-one mappings.

Case in point: a video surveillance camera is sensitive to a different part of the light spectrum than is the human eye. My idea is to use diffused, super "bright" infrared LEDs (and/or other tricks like this) to overwhelm or confuse the cheap, IR-sensitive chips used in those cameras thus preserving the required personal interaction while thwarting unwanted (and currently not required, at least explicitly) recording of such. I got the idea from reading an old Popular Science magazine article on non-lethal weapons such as laser "dazzlers" used by the military to confuse, stun or control crowds and mobs.
this exact idea was featured on boingboing recently... a cap fitted with ir leds to dazzle security cameras
Oh, cool, thanks. I'll have to check it out.
theres an instructable also
also theres an instructable on it
Well, you could just go around pointing a super powerful LED flashlight at every camera you see...jk.
Tirann7 years ago
The IR LED in the headband is so much more convenient and inconspicuous, tho.
Not to mention full of crap. The theory works that a High Intensity IR LED can block or shield against video cameras. My cell phone, all 3 of my webcams, the 16 security cameras at work, and my digital camcorder all ignore the IR and only show what it was supposed to. I would suspect that only cheap/garbage cameras have issues with IR. Sorry to blast you, I just think that people should actually test instructables before recommending them.
in fact it is you who is full of crap. the cameras you tested didnt have night vision! the ir led's effect night vision cameras at night
Invisible aha ha ha. Everyone will turn heads. you will be watched like a hawk. I know the point is to block on the cameras but still its funny.
or you could put the little pannels on a wall then make it look like its a hole going to the next room.
now i properly know how to piss off my principals
i agree the suit is very conspicuous there has to be a better way to do this with a more easily forged & embedded material there is probally a good way to do completley scramble with low current electromagnetic fields
CapnChkn7 years ago
Yay!!! Melodrama!!!
Goobers7 years ago
Only tirrorists will try to avoid the loving eye of big brother. Are you a tirrorist? Resistance is futile.
honestly, this is just for kicks and i know it, but a real way for superior privacy, due to high amounts of digital cmaera today, is to hav a hood with tons and tons of ir leds sewn in. activate them and your face is only a glowing blur on digital cameras while looking normal in person. cover your body with them and you look like the opening for the old x-files theme song clip
I fail to see the reason for wearing this suit, the way it's constructed I feel you might just wear a ski mask and a hoody, you covered your face anyway in almost the same manner.
robots1997 years ago
It is a good idea. Props to that..... BUT I am not one of the people who would walk around in public to ID cards hot glued to me.Trust me on that one
dj_nme7 years ago
I may be missing something, but the attached videos were not terribly convincing. Security would tend to notice if some-one dressed in plastic scale-maile came wandering into their camera's field of view or walked past by them into a building. It looks more like a recipe for being harassed than being anonymous.
Sandisk1duo7 years ago
I thought that suit caused the scrambled image! well, i thought wrong
Big Bwana7 years ago
Thats is very Creative.. Now how well does it work with a Megapixel security camera?
Interesting....
Laszlo7 years ago
It always scares and astonishes me to hear people so blindly trusting in government, after 100,000,000 people were murdered by their own governments, in the 20th century _alone_. By the way, be careful when doing this sort of thing. Here in California there is already a law on the books against two or more people gathering in public wearing masks designed to conceal their identity. I'm sure similar laws will sprout like mushrooms in...a pasture, now that the acceptance of a totalitarian surveillance that puts Soviet Berlin to shame is being brainwashed into our children. So be careful, this could be or become illegal where you live any time now. -- By the way, citizenFinneran, I love you!! I hope lots of people use this instructable!
duck-lemon7 years ago
ok..............
jokes it's really cool but i don't get the idea of security cameras who don't know who you are?
i mean looking at footage of ruby being stolen...
well from this we can assume that the ruby has been stolen by.......... an anonymouse blob!
If my common-sense meter isn't broken, the information needed to "fix" the image is kept for some period of time shorter than the footage itself, but long enough to remain accessible to law enforcement if a crime is thought to have occurred. It's also possible that these projects _only_ anonymize the live video feed and that the recorded feed is untouched.
thanks for clearing that up
ARVash7 years ago
interesting concept :D
Aar000n3y7 years ago
Maybe I'm missing something... But what does it matter if you look 'pixelated' on cameras or not? Just wear a hoodie. I don't see why anybody would care that much about being on a security camera unless they did something against the law anyways.