A DIY hoodie that thwarts surveillance cameras by blinding them with infrared light has been made available.
Mac Pierce created the Camera Shy Hoodie that has high-powered infrared LEDs sewn into the garment. The light is not visible to humans but the beams overexpose night vision cameras rendering them useless.
“Night vision security cameras are tuned to see infrared light at night,” Pierce explains to Vice. “So that way they can see in the dark. By shooting enough light back at them, it blows out the sensor and causes the cameras’ auto exposure to try to compensate. Losing definition of the view of the scene. And yeah, making everything inside it unrecognizable.”