Picture of The Invisible Face Mask !
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These days big brother is everywhere, with $10 or so worth of items you can build your own invisible "mask" to avoid any kind of identity exposure !

Here's a brief description as to how this works and why it's cool :)
You take a hat that looks good on you, hacking it to be a face mask for any kind of : Hidden, Security, Paparazzi or family member's video camera !
At the same time, when people look at you with the naked eye, they see nothing but you wearing a hat!
Now that's what i call stealth !

You can build it for as low as $10.00
-Materials Needed-
8 or more High Intensity IR LED's = $0.30 each that's $2.40
1 Hat/Cap that looks good on you = $6.00 you may have one all ready
16 Thin wires that i got from a 2 meter long UTP cable = $1.00
1 Electrical Tape = $0.80
-Total Cost = $10.20-

For a better understanding of the project and it's effect i recommend you view video !

Step 1: Step 1: The Hat

Picture of Step 1: The Hat
The first and most important piece of our project is the hat !

I chose a baseball hat because it's often bigger than your (my) head and all the parts can fit well inside and it won't scratch or hurt my forehead !

Make sure it looks good on you and it can pretty much blend the LED's ... In my case it had some writing on it and it was white so the LED's won't be very eye catching...
AntonN33 months ago

Just because there are multiple surveillance measures that we can't do anything about doesn't mean we should let them get away from the stuff we CAN help. I say do what you can. Fight the power!

Syntherstar9 months ago

'Big Brother' has also spy sats with very high resolution cameras. How can freedom loving people 'get rid' of them? In other words impossible?... until you can create some very clever stealth shield, because it's all about stealthiness. A blue sky means 'Big Brother' can see everything in high detail.

Rem: If you start to connect the dots and come to conclusions you wake up, and an awakening is what 'Big Brother' love to see happen.

marcolinux1 year ago




Years ago.

Could one use a scarf or ski cap for this project?
chalky7 years ago

cctv aint so bad

infact it makes me feel
kinda safe.
if you have nothing to hide
you have nothing to worry
nothing to hide: please provide the following:
- a nude picture of you and yr wife/gf (or both)
- your bankaccount and pin
- masturbation frequency
- full description of your whereabouts the last month, including what you bought and how you paid for that
- full description or yr last sexual encounter
- names and addresses of all the people you slept with

Would you allow us to place a camera in your bed room? surely you have got nothing to hide.

CCTV might reveal things that are NOT illegal but still you dont want into the open. Say you are celeb, making out in a quiet parking garage with another celeb. You bet the cctv footage is gonna end up at some smut show.
Jgourlay chalky7 years ago
Chalky, please. The only people on the planet who have nothing to hide are the ones in the privileged position of defining what is "wrong".
i realise that this is from years ago, but what a belligerant statement...

i doubt there is a country out there that actively supports theft, rape, abuse, violence... terms that i, and many others would deem as wrong.

correct, i have nothing to hide, but i can guess that your general hoodrat will know right from wrong, but will take an active stance on the don't-care side of things.
chalky Jgourlay7 years ago
ok ok ok lets just agree to disagree then eh?? ps/ even though im right lol:)
hah You're a champ. : D
no mate we both are:)
omnibot chalky5 years ago
I agree, the innocent have nothing to fear. Any innocents around? Come one, show your hands!
im incient and your wright you have no need to hide
But who's business is it what I'm doing? I don't have anything to hide in my room, but I still don't like people going through it looking for bad things.
yeah i know what your saying,but lets face it in the world we live in now CCTV is one of the best tools we have to identify and deter criminals/terrorist's and all round general nonce's!
yea you do have a point... but it can be looked at both ways. thanks to the patriot act i am probably on every FBI watchlist there is... and i'm 14. I really got nothing to hide... yea i hate our government right now.. i'm into explosives and im not exactly an itunes user but id rather not have a camera watch me. the cameras are so small now you can literally fit them into a crack in a wall, so if the government ever goes more corrupt then it is, well, we're screwed! also these probably will not work much longer because as cameras get cheaper they will probably start loading them with infrared blocking chips. Besides.. I'd rather not have a camera spying on me while I'm peeing in the bathroom... who knows where they have that? but yea i can see both sides of the argument
**** the paitriot act... It was all set up... 9/11 was used by both the guy who owned the towers and the government. The guy sued the insurance company and got 8 billion dollars for 2 buildings he paid ~500 million for.... The government used it to scare people into thinking we were being attacked on all sides by "terrorists" and scared people into the allowing the patriot act to be passed. Thus allowing the government to look at whoever they want, legally... Do you think we would allow them to do that wo/ any risk of terrorists? NO WAY! but ahhh!!! terrorists are attacking!!!! Let the Government search any thing i have just as long as they get those "terrorists"!

And whats worse? The average sheep-person of America believes them...

Its time to take back our country...
I have not seen this for my self but a lot of my well know sane friends say that if you look at the vids of 9/11 you will see bombs go off in the towers before they are hit by the planes. also the gov had trust worthy information regarding 9/11 attacts but they did nothing??? also a internet based programi forget the name something with "box" in it gen random text and numbers this program before 9/11 said word like " new York " " fire in the sky " and "twin towers"

and for the government I don't trust a damn one of themmost of the laws are fuvked up like at 16 can have sex 18 can go to the army(and kill) and or buy a gun 21 buy beer??? the ages are all messed up if you ask me
These are all conspiracy theories. Just about as likely as the aliens who were behind it all. It's not THAT hard to grasp that there are some crazy people out there who do not like our free government, and were told all their lives that this was the correct thing to do. Why would they do something far more complicated? Why would the government want to do this? Even if it was corrupt under the bush, they would not have done anything like this. I'm not saying don't question your government; all I'm saying is use common sense! By the way, IT WAS THE ALIENS!! THE ALIENS DID IT! AND THE PYRAMIDS!
are you afraid to believe that someone, or group of people, could be "that" evil. I don't fully believe the attacks were planned, but i dont dismiss the idea either. anyways, im making one of these frickin hats. and also what about putting these around my license plate .... ya know ... just for shiggles.
Since we're on the topic of conspiracy. Do you really believe they weren't already watching? I wouldn't say that the 'average American' is sheepish, or that most of them believe the jargon. Simply that enough people with enough money believed it. Or at least felt they could profit from it. That is how most Acts come to pass, conspiracy or not. As for the insurance thing, insurance covers value, not cost of an item. Or however much you choose to insure it for. I'm fairly certain that the towers were valued at much more than the 500 million that was originally paid for them. Still, I'm not saying that we didn't know more about the attacks than admitted by our government. But I doubt there's quite as much of a conspiracy to it as some would lead us to believe.
fairly sure nobody on this site is a terrorist.... I hope...
microdot chalky6 years ago
A quick google shows that there is potential evidence that CCTV systems may not actually deter crime.


It's not a substitute for the cop on the beat. The crooks will learn how to avoid detection (just like this innocent poster) or just move their activities down the street or around a corner.

Besides, even if you get video of a crime, you aren't guaranteed a conviction if you can't actually apprehend the bad guy. All too often these guys are gone before the cops show up.

I think it would be more effective to 1) have more cops interacting with the public. 2) address the reasons that people commit in the first place. (Is it drugs?, joblessness?) 3) encourage citizens to report crime and provide testimony in court. These are things that beat cops used to do because they had relationships with the people on their beat. Things that we've lost since we locked cops in theirs cars.
chalky microdot6 years ago
yes i see your point mate.But right now im sat down on the laptop at home and i have four cams one on each corner of the building and pointing on the car and to tell you the truth i could not now live without them! Im now too used too every time i hear a noise just flick through the cams and have a scout about,but still i see your point buddy cctv cams just move the crime elsewhere and now all the bad guys do is bally up!
Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security. Benjamin Franklin
john locke two treatises of government...read that and come back to us. read up on some Rousseau as well......
Cool instructable! I have a couple camera shy friends that would really appreciate this. And all that talking about big brother made me think of the book "1984."
And man who goes to bed with itchy bumhole,wakes up with smelly finger. Confucius 206 BC
ggiihh1 chalky6 years ago
Confucius say, Man who fart in church, sit in own pew.
RFilyaw ggiihh16 years ago
And baseball wrong. Man with four ball cannot walk.
hg341 RFilyaw6 years ago
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaI read this and laughed like hell
same lol
wseehorn chalky6 years ago
OK, nothing to hide, doing nothing wrong, just what did you say your credit card and bank account numbers were again? Oh, and about that nude photo of you...... Privacy does have it's place.
DIY-Guy chalky7 years ago
That concept was invented and perfected by ... the Nazis. "If you're doing nothing wrong, why are you upset that we want to know everthing about you?" [Paraphrase] People deserve neither liberty or freedom if people prefer to live in a country-wide, or world-wide, jail. [Paraphrase]
chalky DIY-Guy7 years ago
no no no and no again, as i come from a jewish family i find even the mention of the nazis in comparison to this instructable offencive my friend! in the world we live in cctv is one of the most valuable pieces of kit we have in the fight against terrorism. and when you state""If you're doing nothing wrong, why are you upset that we want to know everthing about you " mate we are talking of cctv pictures of your face here,not some kind of mind reading device,i think maybe you may need to visit a doctor of the mind and get your paranoia sorted out mate lol .
chalky said something, but NOT about the instructable at all, DIY-Guy said the Nazis followed that idea, you overreacted by not understanding that this chain had NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of the Instructable until YOU stepped in. Read my above comments, imagine it's directed at you, and keep in mind that DIY-Guy was saying that the Nazis spied on Germans when they were in power and now the US government is spying on US citizens. DIY-Guy, if he WERE comparing this INSTRUCTABLE to Nazis, would have said something along the lines of "The basic idea of this Instructable was invented and perfected by... The Nazis," AND he wouldn't have been REPLYING to a COMMENT made by SOMEONE ELSE, namely chalky. chalky said something, but NOT about the instructable at all, DIY-Guy said the Nazis followed that idea, you overreacted by not understanding that this chain had NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of the Instructable until YOU stepped in.
i think you may have a problem with your keyboard on your computer mate,it looks like your CapSLoCk key keeps on sticking intermittently resulting in your text seemingly starting to shout out in my head in a rather spooky Xfiley type of typey.............
no, I meant to simulate shouting at the person I was replying to (I didn't know it was you at the time, somehow) and also, I noticed that I put a part in there twice.
Still, you know that your comment was partly related to the instructable, and now you know that DIY-Guy didn't mention the Instructable.
cool! so we are still friends then, yes?
Rye chalky7 years ago
Yup. The patriot act just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
lol. so true, so true. They better be careful though, and they better be yelling that they are the police if they come into my house, or a few of them are going to get shot. I am very, very trigger happy. if you know I have a gun, and I'm in "kill" mode, you should be yelling at me to not shoot, before I see you if you want to live. (kill mode comes when I know you are a threat to me)
Don't brag.
don't talk. we all have things were proud of.
Obviously :D
I like how you represent the jewish people every where we need to stick together awesome!!!
Spoken like a true criminal. Nazis have nothing to do with this DIY but somehow you try and equate our country with them. Amazing.
Instructables doesn't let me have those brackets to use properly!
Actually, it was perfected by the inquisition. But we should let the commend stand as the idea that the acceptance of that idea is the nirvanic state sought by all totalitarians.
sideways chalky7 years ago
That's probably what the American citizens of Japanese ancestry were thinking until they were rounded up and put into camps during WW2.
That's better than what happened to the American's captured by Japan.
The Americans in Japan were captured. The Japanese in America were already living here and a lot of them were second generation immigrants.
You can also say the Japanese that were interned, were "captured" My point was bad things happen on both sides during war, no use finger pointing.
Ah, but 90% of Americans that went to Japanese POW camps died. How many Japanese-Americans in internment camps died in WW2? None. It shows a big difference in culture there. And I'm referring to WW2 Japanese culture (i.e. official government policy) vs. WW2 American culture. Japanese culture is different today. BTW, my source is a show on US PBS. These stats are so embarrasing to the current Japanese gov't that you will be hard-pressed to find them on the net anywhere.
The point of my original comment was....the American citizens that were put into camps probably thought they had nothing to hide when they filled out census forms with their race/ancestry being Japanese. Then down the road that so-called harmless info was used to imprison them, having done no crime and without a trial. So I am very concerned when any governent starts collecting lots and lots of data on people's activities. It isn't that there's anything to hide, it's that the data is stored, mined and can be twisted later as an excuse to harm someone or infringe on their rights. It's already happened here once in the US, I don't want to see it happen again.
JUST once?
Being CAPTURED is entirely different from having lived in a country for generations and then being rounded up because of your ancestry. Happened to both the Japanese and the Germans in the US & UK
this is quite a naive approach since anyone can find themselves in a difficult situation for which they have no legal, sound and substantiated alibi. they would be guilty by it being inherently improbable that they were not complicit or a contributory factor. Innocent people can find themselves in very compromising situations just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, by having the wrong skin, talking the wrong language or just being poor. Unfortunately it is a bad world out there and though I think this gizmo could be used for avoiding lawful detection to commit a crime it is not unreasonable to be able to go about your life unmonitored. I like the idea but would never use it as im too lazy to make one to test, to unparanoid to be bothered about CCTV and not criminal enough to require it. Any of these may change in the future - im glad I know how to make one - excellent post
I honestly dont like strangers staring at me on cameras, but after that one thing on the news when they caught that rapist using cctvs, I do feel kinda safer.
oh my god! man you need to think a little about that...
thinks a little............................................................... statement stands
well, I am worry about people like bush and the rest of the gang surveying the citizens, if you think they are in some way moral people that want to keep you safe, well, maybe you need to keep thinking. You may want to do some research on Hegelian dialectic also.
Hey, you must live in Utopia!
kloopk chalky7 years ago
I'm British not a yank, I even install CCTV, but this argument of if you have nothing to hide why worry. The question is do we trust the people operating the cameras, recording our moves and habits, what's next ID cards, oops in the UK thats soon to be a reality with your sentiment driving it. I may as well get a key cut for the police for my property as I have nothing to hide..... This indestructable gives an option for people to have anonymity if so wished.
vov353 years ago
Public CCTV surveillance will be acceptable the day the public has camera in the pentagon, NSA HQ, White House and CIA HQ that they can monitor back. After all "if you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide".
tinker2344 years ago
nice hat good for hidding hey could i put this on my neck like as a tie or something to hide my face
Fashim5 years ago
I think CCTV is Pushing people's personal life, boundaries etc etc. To far it's a awesome idea I have thought of a balaclava with IR LED's but this works as well. (I Don't have CCTV but it still seems bad)
pyroguy1235 years ago
will it hide ur face in daylight
fireman1155 years ago
This works in day light right?
bir0067 years ago
Aw man, you mean my tin foil beanie isn't going to cut it anymore? Creative solution though.
The tin foil beanie is for the mind control waves that big brother and aliens use to make you do what they want, not for the cameras. Put the tin foil beanie inside the baseball cap to get double protection.
Be careful not to short the LEDs though.
Sure it will, if you lace it with IR LEDs. lol
ra7n7d636 years ago
cctv does nothing to deter terrorism in most cases. by the time we spot terrorists on camera, they may already be dead along with the rest of their bombing victims. i think cctv is useful for deterring thefts and isolated acts of violence, but we should limit where we let the government place those things. (in the bathroom? i think not!)
-Aj-7 years ago
your gonna need a damn lot of leds to overload a camera. if your using only a dozen or so youll just look like an xmas tree... and be quite noticeable. security: "hmm nothing much happening out there, ho humm. wait wha? well ill be damned theres a xmas tree walking around, lets watch it intently and see what it does" :P if you just layered your entire cap with them it might work, the cap could also double as night vision for your own camera :D
haha i got alot of hair, maybe i will just hide some IR LEDs in my hair :D
or you could just comb your hair over your face and'HEY PRESTO' infra red LED free CCTV camera disguise lol.......
Grey_Wolfe7 years ago
I would think this would be a bit more effective if some of the lights were placed under the rim of the cap.
jntramey7 years ago
The next time someone says "You have nothing to worry about, unless you have something to hide..." ask them to submit to a full body cavity search, unless THEY have something to hide. This is just a pysch-ops, interrogation technique to get you to do something you don't want to do. In grade school they used to ask "did you know you were stupid BEFORE you opened your mouth, or AFTER?
Any one make this? How successful is it. What are the chances it will block your face?
Sgtraccoon7 years ago
IR LEDs + License Plate Frame = Great Success
IR LEDs + License Plate Frame = Great Success???
your a genious hahaha
Good thinking!
ShaunHill7 years ago
Does this work in daylight too?
No. night vision cameras use IR leds to light an area up with IR light. we cannot see IR light. The hat works by making so much ir light, that its just like shining an "invisible" flashlight at the camera. In daylight the camera has no need for IR light and can pick up visible light. the visible light is more powerful than the IR light. so its like shining a flashlight at a camera in the day time. but the reflected visible light is more powerful.
Right, so the next step is to make a cap that provides anonymity during the day and at night.
kenn1237 years ago
Suggestion: There is a cheap, clip on LED light for caps being made...

...to be a bit less conspicuous you could easily modify one of these with IR LED's, perhaps even saving a couple of the originals to use as lighting and as an indicator, and save your ball cap some abuse.
Good instructable...
Giving us the right dimensions would be helpful. =/
it doesnt matter just scatter them around the hat
Dunhausen7 years ago
There should probably be at least one visible LED in the battery pack or something so that when you flip the switch you know for sure that you're in stealth mode.
good idea
Use your cell phone and try to take a picture of yourself before going out.
PizzaPlanet7 years ago
wow now lets hope that people who rob stores don't go on istructables or we will have problems with not being able to identify these people and they can get away with it. i understand how you where going for this to be a cool gadget instructable but...nah never-mind surprisingly few people know about this website cool instructable!!!
Elipsis7 years ago
Thank you sir maker, you are a true hero, coolest hat ever.
sorry about my numerous posts, but another idea struck me what if you wrote something with these LEDs, maybe on your back? haha I can think of a few good things to write...
robac7 years ago
you americans are so paranoid
We Americans have a reason to be paranoid, unlike you.
and what is it? i mean, unless you do something bad, there's no point in hiding your face from security cameras, that aren't even interested in watching you. and i bet that a criminal wouldn't just rely on a cap with few LEDs on it
Wouldn't it be nice if only bad things were illegal?
If only, if only, the woodpecker sighs
The bark on the trees, was as soft as the skies
So true, so true.
Totally agree
Very true.
You know, that's a very good comment. I like it, it's so true.
You know, that's the same reasoning the Nazi's used - if you're doing nothing wrong, then you shouldn't mind us invading your privacy.
I would rely on it if I knew it would work. the idea of being good at something is not to overdo it, but to know the limits, and merely reach the limits. besides, a mask attracts attention from passerbys and you don't want that.
abadfart robac7 years ago
yes, yes we are
orangemsp7 years ago
bookmarked for when the car's running again. great idea to try for a different purpose.
You could make one or two of these and mount them to shine over your license plate. So if it is a camera, it won't catch it.
heheheh, I either think I know what you're thinking, or just thought of really useful ..er, use for this :D
does it involve camera speed (but not in that order)? if so then we are on the same page
We don't have any cameras around here that go too fast but there's one that's always stalled out on a highway in the same spot. Apparently it didn't change it's oil and it took it's toll. Who knows.
ooof! sucks when that happens! on an unrelated note; do speed cameras have UV filters?
rf drummonkey927 years ago
Almost all digital video and still cameras have IR filters. Doesn't keep them from being fairly sensitive to it though. That's why sunsets taken with a digital camera have those other-worldly yellow highlights you don't see with film. Removing the IR filter will make a digicam into an IR cam. Seen that done in a lab for viewing the world as bees do. Flowers are very bright under IR and everything else is dark ...
drummonkey92 rf7 years ago
wow. interesting. removing IR filters could be a good instructable. do you know how to do it?
rf drummonkey927 years ago
Suspect it's different for each camera. Take the case apart and remove the filter behind the lens. Do a google search for `removing IR filter' you'll get lots of hits.
drummonkey92 rf7 years ago
ahh rite, i didnt realise that it was a physical filter, i thought it might have been computerised
Unbelievably awesome, thank you
Pretty cool. I'd love to experiment with this if/when I get the time. My first thought, since I'm about to go on vacation, was keeping the folks at the airport from recording me. Second thought was, "BAD IDEA!" LOL I'd never make it past the first bit of security with a hat that looked to the morons, er, I mean, security professionals, like a bomb. But, around town, cool.
PR227 years ago
Could you do the same thing to your car so people can't take photos of your license plate?
Bran PR227 years ago
I don't think that the cameras used to detect speeders and red light runners are based on IR light. I would have to say no.
skrubol7 years ago
9v into IR LED's? IR LED's usually have a Vf of around 2v. I'm amazed your LED's weren't immediately destroyed by hooking them up to a 9v battery, if that's all you did. For decent results from a 9v, I'd think you'd want to run the LED's, 3 in series, with a resistor R=3/I (I is the current rating of the LED's, usually around 20mA, or .02A for that equation. The 3 is 3 volts for 9v-3*2v.)
Better than blinking yet, is to drive each LED at 38KHZ and supply an additional current to it, as to make the lights much much brighter without burning them out. I myself have done this, and even imbedded code inside the 38khz waveforms.
Better still would be to modulate them, like you said and also blink them so they are very bright, most cameras take time to adjust to bloom, so it would go overexposed, to underexposed, and repeat... this would really conserve battery life.....
At 38khz it would be impossible for the camera to experience "Overexposed" and "underexposed" sessions. The LED's would appear to be brighter.
I was thinking about turning them on and off say 25mS off and 75mS on while modulating them at 38kHz, since most cameras can't deal with rapidly changing light levels this would make it very difficult to see any thing other then a white light and a black whole .... just take a bright light and turn it on and off during the night and see how the camera behaves... However some Bosch and Sony camera's this won't work and neither will the IR leds ..... But it will on most cheapies
A video camera is similar to the eye when it comes to the brightness of the image. That means that pulsing the LEDs at high current won't make them appear brighter. In fact, they will appear dimmer unless the the power applied to the LED under pulsed conditions is the same as the power applied under steady current. For example, if you run the LEDs at 2X normal current and 1/2 duty cycle, brightness will appear the same because power is the same. You have to be careful though about current and duty cycle. High current can only be tolerated for very short periods. Running the LED at 2X normal current with 1/2 duty cycle will probably kill the LED. Running at 10X normal current and 1/10 duty cycle may be OK. See data sheet for pulse operation specs. If you pulse the LEDs you run the risk of the camera capturing a frame or partial frames showing your face while the LEDs are off. I think adding reflective tape to the cap would be a good way to improve it's performance. Many cameras have IR LED illuminators or flashes. Reflective tape reflects light back to its source and will definitely cause problems for a camera with an illuminator. The combination of reflective tape and LEDs would be unbeatable. TD
dude, this is not only cool for its stated purpose, but also because it makes it look like instead of a head you have a glowing orb of intense light instead of a head. and who doesnt want a glowing orb of intense light instead of a head?
lorrwill7 years ago
man those torchwood people are going to be so pissed! brill instructable.
lbrewer427 years ago
Innocent until proven guilty is something we need cherish. When they start testing to see if we are innocent - over and over again - then you have to wonder where the line will be drawn. Why should I care if they can track my every move? My response: Why is it any of their business what I am doing? Is it worth it to me for my every move to be logged in a computer just so they can catch a few crooks? Give them an inch and they will take a mile. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. If the penalties for crimes were as harsh as they should be - there would be less crime. A criminal, by definition, gives up his rights. A crime used to be called a crime against society - therefore it needs be treated as such. B/c liberal minded bleeding hearts have decided strong discipline is a bad idea, crime rises to record proportions and, worse, we, the innocent, end up paying (instead of the criminals), by finding our freedoms taken away more and more. In PA, they used to stop lines of vehicles to check our drivers' licenses to see if we were illegally driving. Sure, it made some illegal drivers have to pay fines, but what right does the government have to take my time by making me wait in a long line of traffic, to prove my innocence? What if they make me late for an appointment (or getting to work) b/c they want to check my innocence? What if I am paid by the hour? This is money from my employer's pocket that they have no right to take. Both times I was stopped in one of these randomly set up "safety checks," I (politely) told the officer what he was doing was unconstitutional. His reply was that it was legal. He also tried to justify it by telling me they had caught/fined someone without a license. My reply was that it still did not make it constitutional and that I was assumed guilty until proving my innocence. I thought later that I also should have said to him that even though there was a person caught/fined for not having a license, the state's appropriation of the money was a poor reason for them stopping me. Because their getting money from a driver who left their license at home cannot justify the time they wasted in my life and the lives of others to prove something we never should have had to prove! On the other side of the coin, they also were able to impose these actions on the public by stating (& it is fact) that the road is govt.. property. Therefore, if we are going to use it, we have to abide by their laws. This is legally true. However, I also know that when I went to get a license, I did not ever expect them to make me prove my innocence at random checkpoints. I did not see this in any written agreement. I do not like making an agreement with someone and then having them change their end of the bargain either! In fact my Dad's generation would have cringed at the thought of such checkpoints and thought such things (then only found in dictatorship-controlled lands) could ever happen in our free country. No honest, patriotic American back then would have ever dreamed of such an action and would have never agreed to be a part of the system trying to impose it on the people. Simply put - the policemen would have walked out of the job - patriotism and freedoms need be this important to us. Yes, I know - things have changed since those days. Our media has sure changed a lot of people's thoughts even to the point of their being people stupid enough to think the Bill of Rights needs to be done away with (aka. Bill Clinton). They are not even educated enough to know that if this happens, they would not even be able to state their own (twisted, uneducated) opinion of the Bill of Rights unless the government said so! Hmmm... sound like the current (ignorantly [?] anti-American) people who are trying to stop conservative news broadcasts from being aloud on the airwaves - what are we coming to America? Wake up!
jgfish7 years ago
do you guys think this idea could possibly work for hiding number plates very discretely from speed cameras at night
It might.
almost 100% sure it would
IF you had a bright IR source
dident the myth busters try that?
Nope. They tried a fresnel lens and some bogus spray and of course speed! If I remember my photography class well, providing a Sload of IR light to the reflective plate should cause overexposure. Thereby rendering the image unusable. This hat would be great for celebs who want to do a number on those horrid paparazos. Of course it would only work for digital cameras, the old schoolers with 35mm film wouldn't be bothered.
thanks for clearing that up
think about this. those things use giant flash things (like on a normal camera) to light it up for a picture. adding a little bit of IR light I don't think would make a difference.
Creamaster7 years ago
"if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about!" You mean like the Jews In Germany not-so long ago? What if you do have something to hide?
gordokury7 years ago
thanks for posting, big brother is really everyware now a days...
kloopk7 years ago
simple and effective, nice one
nagutron7 years ago
Awesome. Reminds me of something one of the characters in Cory Doctorow's I, Robot uses to evade detection. Rated Outstanding!
Sounds very Doctorow doesn't it? It reminds me of something you'd expect to have been in "Little Brother" too.
tbenefi337 years ago
Think I'll try this one and mess with the sacurity at the casino...LOL I probley get tossed out though.
marnieC7 years ago
locofocos7 years ago
OOH! OOH! MY BRAIN JUST SPRUNG A LEAK!!!! What if you made something like this, but around your license plate? I live in montgomery AL and they just put up like 10 of those cameras in busy intersections around town.
Don't know, what they use in the States, but here in good ol' Germany they still use old fashioned film (i.e. analogue) photo cameras. Sounds weird, but film has a wider sensitivity range than digital sensors (and the film is physical piece of evidence). The trick has been tried even with flashlights (photoflash) around the license plate - no success. You might even get fined for forgery. So, I would not take the risk.
I wanted to make an 'Ible about this for along time, I'm just too lazy' but you made it, good job 5/5, nice Instructable, good luck for the contest. P.S. I wanted to place them on a foil helmet, it would have better fitted the paranoid style of it ; )
ross3537 years ago
if you were to use the same concept above your licence plate do you think you could fool the speed cameras??
"Hello, officer Muldoon? This is Monitor 54. Whip out your cameraphone and check for a guy with a cap that glows on your screen. He's on these-and-these coordinates. He should be really easy to spot, AS NOBODY ELSE GLOWS UP ON YOUR PHONE. Just shoot to take the m*therf*cker out; he can't be anything but a terrorist". Or how can it not be a weak spot to be more visible than everyone else?
exactly, that is what i was thinking. if you being viewed by a camera based sniper scope, it would be like sniping a Xmas tree, rather hard to miss.
unless it was so bright that it obscured the surrounding areas
You can use an ir laser to ruin cameras, assuming you aim the laser.
ross353 Rye7 years ago
I think that anyone who may be aimed at by a sniper should just hide anyways but are any of you's going to be aimed at by a sniper? i think its a really good idea for anyone who is camera shy. good 'ible
hahahahahaha you've got a point
Next up: how to destroy a security monitor with an IR laser........ (yeah, it really works. just get a good laser).
emuman4evr7 years ago
Huh, couldn't a criminal use one of these to avoid having his face seen on a surveillance camera? And why not stop there, make a whole gillie suit of infrared LEDs and your suddenly invisible to the camera.
Well, you'd be bright as the friggen sun, so if the cameras were being watched by someone you'd stand out like crazy. I suppose someone could be an ultra bright IR device that may totally blank out a camera screen though.
sypher7 years ago
The military use something loosely based on the same idea to throw off IR guided weapons
sypher sypher7 years ago
I took out a wiimote sensor camera with an ir laser pointer, he he he
ninhalo57 years ago
this only works with cameras that do not have a uv filter built into them. such as most camera phones, most digital camera do however have the filter and the hat will show up as normal in a photo. this is a good way to tell if the battery in your remote is dead aim at camera and hold in button :o)
sypher ninhalo57 years ago
Might I ask what an ultraviolet light filter would block an infrared light source? last that i check they were at the other end of the spectrum of light from each other. correct me if am wrong but also 45deg. out of phase of each other too. Also camera phones can take great pictures in uv light, i.e. black light at a club or rave. Most camera phone have a polorized lens. this hat will work on all digital cameras in a phone all the way to your several thousand dollar digital slr cameras. The only way to block this is to match the signal/frequency of the light source and cancel it out, or use a anti flicker option on the camera.
piper12347 years ago
haha yes americans have a reason to be paranoid ... is named JWB :P hehe (sorry to politicz) hope this wont be used by crime (coming from I-N-S-I-D-E from your own people) and later blame foreign ones
GWB ya mean? =p
ibblack7 years ago
The LED's used emit Infra Red light waves. Virtually all CCTV installations use cameras (usually CCD) which are sensitive to IR light hence an area can be lit with an Infra Red Illuminator / Spotlight. The area appears to be in complete darkness to the crims yet the camera can see clear as day, with a decent IR light source. You can get the same effect as per the video above if you shone an Infra Red Illuminator directly at a CCTV camera. Some home video cameras include these illuminators. If you face the cameras at each other whilst they are on the pictures flare. I'd probably mount some LED's just under or in the peak facing away from your face to give you some extra coverage.
Labot20017 years ago
Could you explain how this works? Can't view video =/
abadfart7 years ago
nice man
w2sqr7 years ago
Could you put a light sensor in the circuit to detect a cameras flash going off and then fire your leds fast enough to ruin the photo? This would eliminate the continuous light house effect you have now.
Most cameras are always on which is why the hat has to be on.
wyrm7 years ago
Neat idea, but probably not completely effective. Obviously, this does not defeat all cameras; otherwise, you would not be able to see the hat in "Grabbed Frame 14.jpg". Maybe the suggestion to make the LEDs blink might improve the effect, or possibly a combination of always-on LEDs and strobing LEDs. I may have to try that out, myself.
Kiteman wyrm7 years ago
The idea is to defeat infra-red CCTV cameras.
thenerd7 years ago
could your identity still be picked up on a reflection off glass or something like that
aKaMaKaVeLy (author)  thenerd7 years ago
This isn't for stealing anything people can still identify you....you face is still uncoverd but the thing is that you don't get recorded at every step
Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Good idea, but it will be the most uncomfortable thing ever.
aKaMaKaVeLy (author) 7 years ago
Again, im really happy you guys like my ideas !
yes make it blink in two (or more ) sets of lights... cool idea ... but somewhat in the dark side... "the force is strong in this one"
rc jedi7 years ago
yes, the ir led s are visible to the camera, but not to humans. Great use of them!
make it blink, it will drive the camera crazy