6 Ingenious Wearables that Can Protect Your Face from Surveillance Cameras

Rob Walker
Tech Columnist

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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