How to Be Invisible: 15 Anti-Surveillance Gadgets & Wearables

LED Light Privacy Visor


This privacy visor designed by Japan’s National Institute for Informatics might like kind of dorky, but the arrangement of LED lights around its eyes and nose thwarts face-detecting software at any distance. The light creates ‘noise’ that confuses the computers. You simply activate the lights whenever traveling in a place that might be equipped with facial recognition cameras.

Google Jammer Coat by Coop Himmelb(l)au



It might look like a wearable duvet, but this quilted coat by architecture studio Coop Himmelb(l)au is a portable signal-blocker preventing radio waves and tracking devices from connecting to your smartphone, tablet and other devices. The CHBL Jammer Coat is intended to help you ‘disappear,’ from its metalliferous fibers to the amorphous shape and patterns that obscure your physicality.

The Smell of Data: Fragrance Alerts Wearer to Leaks



You can literally smell danger in the air when this grenade-shaped scent diffuser is activated, alerting you of data leaks from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Placed on your desk as you work, it releases a metallic scent when you encounter an unprotected website or network on any of your devices. The designers were inspired by the way humans are alerted to danger via the smell of gas leaks.

Serendipitor App: Disrupt Predictability by Varying Your Route



Sentient City’s Serendipitor App disrupts any surveillance that relies on subjects maintaining predictable routines. You enter your destination and it’ll provide a route that will get you where you need to go in the most efficient way possible, but incorporating intentional detours and minor interruptions. Along your way, you’ll be given instructions for movement and action that forces you to be spontaneous and unpredictable.

REALFACE Glamouflauge by Simone C. Niquille


It’s harder for computers to recognize your real face when you’re also wearing dozens of representations of other people’s faces. This clothing range designed by Simone C. Niquille is based on the ‘real tree’ camouflage system, but with the faces of celebrity impersonators and other ‘pirated’ identities.

“Both of these faces exist in multiples, raising questions of identity, privacy and verification, is this Michael Jackson? Realface Glamouflage offers privacy the way it should be, as a mundane commodity in the form of a t-shirt.”