Skip to comments.Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face
Posted on 07/27/2014 9:37:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
he NSA made me slather my face in make-up.
Or, it didnt make me, exactly. But last spring, I found myself wandering around D.C., wearing dazzle camouflage for the first time. It was a sunny Saturday, the capital swamp neither frigid nor muggy-oppressiveperfect for walking. It took me 45 minutes to get all the makeup on, to get the pencil right and the hair dangled just so.
I spent the day hanging out with some friends around Adams Morgan, a neighborhood seemingly developed by former hippies who had gone into non-profit C-suites or opened boutique restaurant-bars. I told my friends why my face had splotches of dark makeup on it but didnt say much to anyone else, and thats when the looks began.
should step back. I had slathered the paint on my face in order to hide from computers. The patterns in which I applied the paint were important: To the pixel-calculating machinations of facial recognition algorithms, they transformed my face into a mess of unremarkable pixels. In the computers vision, my face caused a momentary burst of confusion.
Thats why the patterns are called computer vision dazzle (or CV dazzle). When it works, CV dazzle keeps facial-recognition algorithms from seeing a face. The technique takes its name from the dazzle camouflage of the two World Wars: The Great Power navies sought to protect their ships not by hiding them among the waves but by obscuring their size and movement. CV dazzle was developed by the artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Adam Harvey, who created the patterns as a student at NYUs Interactive Telecommunications Program.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
CV Dazzle is an art!
Guess I can mark the Smithsonian off the bucket list.
Sounds like a great way of standing out like a sore thumb and I suspect it doesn’t work nearly as well as this guy thinks it does. Some facial recognition software is pretty sophisticated.
It is a long article but this is the first attempt I have seen. If the camera was infrared it could be easier to fool with out looking so odd. A hologram could be designed to mess with the focus of cameras. Lots of things. No cameras in my woods though, darn.
It would be easer to just wear a balaclava. No one would notice that.
Why would you wear Greek pastry? Oh...
It seems to me that one would have to make many assumptions about the face recognition algorithms to think this would work.
And there must be a variety of algorithms in various systems. The software business it pretty competitive.
I don’t buy it.
I was looking at GWU with my son And we had extra time. So, we walked around the White House (just a few blocks away). We were pointing and talking and looking at the security.
Around the Treasury building a guy nudged me. I didn’t look up. He hit me lightly and yelled “Hey”. I looked up and there was a guy with a built up hat. And he pressed the side of it and walked on quickly.
While I can’t be sure. I am almost sure that he has the job of taking pictures of faces that spend too much time looking at the White House. He snaps a picture of the face and moves on maybe listing to the earpiece he had for instructions on who to snap. So my face is sitting in a NSA database somewhere.
They don’t have a name to go with it. But if I show up again somewhere they may try to get that as well. For now, they just seemed to want my face to match against other faces.
The NSA straddles the line of being worrisome. For me, I think they have crossed it over and over again. But they seem to stay close to it.
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They are there...just well-hidden or camouflaged. It is futile to resist.
NSA North Socialists America?
LOL! The honey in the pastry helps it to stick.
Can you flesh that out a little ... I don't understand...
Judging by the dry and parched skin on the author’s lips in the huge first picture, I’d say the guy needs to start drinking water. He looks dehydrated. Wearing pink wires in his ears (ear buds) and an odd paint on his cheeks sure made him stand out to everyone but the computer camera.
It would be like shining a bright flashlight directly at the camera, but since it is in the infra-red it wouldn’t be visible to human eyes while at the same time blinding the camera.
Only works inside/at night.
A ball cap with a row of IR LEDs would be great!, It wouldn’t draw attention and the batteries could be easily hidden.
What timing. I was typing the idea as you posted the actual product!
If authorities were really interested in a person all they would need to do is use standard photoshop software to edit the “dazzle” out of the image and then run the picture.
Too many straight lines on that ship. Other than the horizon, some trees and the fracture planes of some sedimentary rocks, straight line are rare in nature.
Dang! That photo is clearly a photoshop job and not the actual effects of the device. If it were, the blob would center on the brim of the cap.
Show me science that says this BS is correct.....just one will do
No need for the glasses, as who is looking at her face anyway.
Summary; When it works against the computer algorithm it makes you very obvious to the people around you.
Choose your poison; stand out in a crowd and be unrecognized by the digital survaillors, or risk NSA tracking recognition and pass unmarked and unnoticed among the teeming mass of mankind!
(You will not be noticed wearing the camouflage, of course, if you are at the circus or Comicon, or I suppose, at any gay pride parade!)
The facial camo shown is a nice start, but really the camp below is far more effective.
Long hair, half in the face works.
There is a video at the link, as well as several reviews by other people. It looks like that.
actually, human skin registers high in reds and makes it easy to spot.
once spotted, processing the face to determine the identity of the target is the next step. removing color and processing for major features, eyes, nose, jaw line, ears, all in relative position ... this narrows down the set of potential identities.
you also draw immediate attention to yourself as a moving white spot
at which point, the video will be flagged and sent to the assigned agent for that shift
You need a “hoodie”.
I’d try an eyepatch first, or an eyepatch with a snake’s eye on it.
You posted a black and white photo of the sea and clouds?
“Most of the solid state cameras have their sensitivity peak in the IR.”
Every spectrum response graph I have seen on a digital camera has their peak below IR.