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Avoid snooping UAVs with a Stealth Wear hoodie


January 21, 2013

NYC artist Adam Harvey has created a series of garments which claim to offer an invisibili...

NYC artist Adam Harvey has created a series of garments which claim to offer an invisibility cloak for people wishing to avoid the prying eyes of UAVs

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones") are fast becoming an ever-present eye in the sky, potentially granting governments greater strike and surveillance capabilities than even Orwell’s fictional Big Brother could hope to wield. In response, NYC artist Adam Harvey has created a series of garments which claim to reduce the effectiveness of UAVs.

We’ve previously reported on some of the privacy-conscious Harvey’s past works, including an Anti-paparazzi clutch bag and Anti-Paparazzi Sunglasses. This latest project continues in the artist’s trend of subverting methods of snooping.

Harvey is currently offering his anti-drone outerwear for sale

Harvey’s garments include an anti-drone hoodie and scarf, which are designed to block the thermal imaging cameras used by many airborne drones. The designer also created a burqa which appears to function in much the same way.

In addition, the collection also contains an "XX-shirt," which blocks x-ray radiation, and the "Off Pocket," an anti-phone accessory which completely blocks a phone signal.

Harvey is currently selling the designs, and would-be shoppers can pick up an anti-drone hoodie for £315 (or around US$500).

While one may question the efficacy of Harvey’s counter-surveillance outerwear, his message remains an important one in an age of ever-increasing state powers of surveillance.

The Stealth Wear collection is on display in the UK at Primitive London until January 31.

Source: AHProjects via Discovery News

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Isn't that a burqa?

21st January, 2013 @ 09:19 am PST

Sounds like an 'answer' to a NON-PROBLEM; but gives criminals another weapon to avoid Police Helicopter IR tracking. Cat Burglars, get out your 'stolen' credit cards.... and order now!

Roger W.
21st January, 2013 @ 01:15 pm PST

Paranoia manifests in many different ways, this is just one of them. I iften wonder what people like Harvey have done and what they have to hide that would attract even the flimisiest of glances from the authorities. He is also going to make a lot of money from Taliban and Al Qaeda sources as they seek ways to hide from their inevitable demise; I wonder if Harvey will declare his sources of income.

21st January, 2013 @ 05:00 pm PST

Roger and Wally, I can provide at least some reasoning:

1. This is art. Harvey is an artist and these items are artworks. They have made you ask questions about paranoia and about what people may want to hide. It is often the intention of art to make us take a look at ourselves and at society and ask questions we otherwise would not. So it seems it has worked.

2. You assume UAVs will always and only ever be used by the government. You also assume that government will be benign (what about Syria for example?). What about corruption within a government agency? I'm not talking conspiracy theory hollywood corruption, just plain old Cop A doesn't like his neighbour and so in his spare time uses the police UAVs to hunt him down and harass him type corruption.

3. People who enjoy their privacy. Different people enjoy different levels of privacy. Some people would be happy enough to walk about naked handing out auto biographies and all their childhood photos. Others would rather people just keep out of their business. This isn't just criminals but also celebrities, security workers or Joe Blow who also doesn't like auto diallers and such.

UAVs are not just the domain of "the authorities" and even if they were, what makes you think "the authorities" are any more trustworthy than anyone else? All the people who work for the authorities are just ordinary people with all the same character flaws as everyone else.

21st January, 2013 @ 10:54 pm PST

@Roger W., Wally3178

So you are the ones who think that the bag and form defines the good people?

You think that business, politicians and law enforcement can not blend into deep and fuzzy scheme of corruption? Should I give you an example or you could come up with some of your own?

Anyway this is an art piece and when art people start questioning something then personally I find that we are facing a serious problem.


Another example. A man who is a businessman and politician and has friends (or fellows) among high ranking police officers can use this power to harass or eliminate his business opponents.

This is no Hollywood stuff - this is real life.

Kris Lee
22nd January, 2013 @ 04:06 am PST

Great! Now the damned things are going to be exposing all of us to backscattered x-rays to get around this.

22nd January, 2013 @ 08:28 am PST

this could make things harder for U.S border patrol

Isack Hernandez
22nd January, 2013 @ 08:45 am PST

Might as well wear a sign for the UAV operators that says 'Shoot Me'...

22nd January, 2013 @ 08:45 am PST

If this is considered art, I hope it isn't subsidized by my tax dollars, because it looks stupid and ugly, like a lot of art these days.

22nd January, 2013 @ 09:51 am PST

what about mobile ground based radar?? or adapt radar speed devices to track people/?

Very scary.

Stephen N Russell
22nd January, 2013 @ 05:26 pm PST

Ain't paranoia on his part. It's business sense!

The guy has seen a market opportunity.

22nd January, 2013 @ 06:01 pm PST
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