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Designer creates ‘hoodie’ that makes wearer invisible to surveillance drones

world Updated: Apr 05, 2013 02:27 IST

Designer Adam Harvey has concocted an outlandish solution to the global concern of unmanned surveillance drones.

Harvey has designed an “anti-drone hoodie”, which has wide square shoulders and an overzealous zip that does up right to the tip of the nose. It has been designed to hide a person from the thermal imaging systems of drones, reports Guardian.

Harvey said the material in the anti-drone clothing is made of silver, which is reflective to heat and makes the wearer invisible to thermal imaging.

The "anti-drone hoodie" was the central attraction of Harvey’s Stealth Wear exhibition, which opened in London in January, billed as a showcase for "counter-surveillance".

It began in 2010 with Camoflash, an anti-paparazzi handbag that responds to the unwanted camera flashes with a counter-flash of its own, replacing the photograph’s intended subject with a fuzzy orb of white light.

Harvey is well aware his work can seem a little before its time. However, reality is not so far behind. Over the next 15 years the US Federal Aviation Administration anticipates more than 20,000 new drones will appear in American skies, owned not just by law enforcement agencies and the military, but also public health bodies and private companies. Military camouflage designer Guy Cramer is Harvey’s military equivalent.