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6 Ingenious Wearables that Can Protect Your Face from Surveillance Cameras

Rob Walker
Tech Columnist
May 21, 2014

Let’s say you’d rather not have your face captured or digitized for purposes beyond your control — whether by surveillance cameras or some random Google Glasshole.

You’ve got options. Even if none of these is a perfect fit for your wearable-privacy needs, maybe one will inspire you to devise an all-new response of your own. We’re in a creative moment with wearable anti-tech, after all. For more on that, see my column today.

1. Following the lead of CV Dazzle, here’s a tutorial on devising your own anti-facial-recognition makeup-and-hair strategy. Results on this Tumblr.

(Via AntiRecognition.Tumblr.com)

2. URME Surveillance is an Indiegogo project offering a mask derived from a 3D scan of artist Leo Selvaggio’s face — presumably fooling face-recognition technology into believing that anyone wearing the thing is Selvaggio.

3. As spotted in the recent M.I.A. “Double Bubble Trouble” video: the Pixelhead full-face mask, by Martin Backes, so that your mug appears as a pixelated blur to cameras.

4. Also spotted in that video, but of origins unknown to me: face-changing bandanas.

5. Inexplicably absent from said video: V. Stiviano masks, as popularized by the former assistant to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Not terribly creative, but pretty effective in response to Glass or paparazzi.

6. Finally, in a brilliant anti-anti-tech response, there’s the Machine Knit Identity-Preserving Balaclava: Andrew Salomone’s hilarious ski mask that covers his entire head, but offers a bitmappy representation of his actual visage.

It was his solution to “keeping my face warm without hiding it.” I’d wear one — with Salomone’s face on it, at least.

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