DIY project helps you fight back against Big Brother

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These days it seems that Big Brother is everywhere, watching you. In places like the UK there are public surveillance cameras all over the place. Aside from covering your head completely, there is little one can do to stay “off the radar” in these areas. That, or with a little bit of effort and know-how you can assemble a small device that will prevent your face from being seen on any video cameras.

Essentially what you have here is a small device that you wear on your head that contains a group of infrared lights. When a video camera tries to record your face, all it will see is a white light. I can’t really think of many uses for this that wouldn’t make you seem suspicious. If anyone asks, just tell them that you’re “sticking it to the man.”

I tried to find the actual instructions for how to make this, but was unsuccessful. It seems simple enough. You’ll just need to wire up some infrared lights to something you can wear on your head, connect it to a power source and you’re good to go. I’m sure it’s a bit more complicated than that though.

Source: Make

11 reviews or comments

Picasso Says: February 22, 2008 at 11:40 am

Finally, a good tip to take back our privacy in our life.

JibbaJabba Says: February 23, 2008 at 9:35 am

HELL YES! This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. As for the instructions, I’m going to try building one and post the directions that worked for me. Thank You!

bob Says: February 23, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Man this would be awesome to build into a hat. It would be perfect.

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JoJo Says: February 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

well if your a muslim, don’t try this, imagine being caught simply trying to get your privacy back, them idiots would shoot you as you board the train for school…. islamaphobes :(

Eric Says: February 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm

All it takes is IR LEDs and a power pack, like you say. Video cameras can see IR light, which is invisible to us. There are IR filters on video cameras, but not enough to block out the light from the LEDs.

Darkwings Says: May 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Hmmm… They sell baseball caps with LED lights in the brim… I wonder or you could swap out those visible light LEDs for IR LEDs?

john smith Says: May 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Yeah your right there’s no reason to suspect a muslim these days. I mean it’s not like they strap bombs to themselves or hijack airplanes or anything like that. I’m sure there are Christians blowing up inocent people in the name of Jesus every day. My comment may be sarcastic but it’s true. The cameras do suck but when people die because of a bomber all of you will ask who could have done such a thing.

riiiiiiiiiight Says: February 27, 2010 at 8:37 am

yah like “Christians” didn’t blow up that building in Oklahoma, or fly a plane into the IRS building… or better yet it isn’t like “Christians” are strapping bombs onto planes and killing thousands upon thousands of people in the middle east. Riiiiiiiiiight. No Muslim attacked, the u.s. until we funded the crazy ones… and guess who has to deal with the fall out? The non crazy Muslims and common people who don’t have control over the crazies in Washington.

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