It has been designed to hide me from the thermal imaging systems of unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles – drones. And, as far as I can tell, it’s working well.

“It’s what I call anti-drone,” explains designer Adam Harvey. “That’s the sentiment. 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 central London in January, billed as a showcase for “counter-surveillance fashions”. It is a field Harvey has been pioneering for three years now, making headlines in the tech community along the way.
Harvey is well aware his work can seem a little before its time. “I wouldn’t say many people have a problem being imaged by drones yet,” he deadpans. “But it imagines that this is a problem and then presents a functional solution.”

  1. Guyver says:


    Rather than being so trendy with a hoodie, he could have just made a jacket, pants, and hat that are less obvious for the paranoid who want to avoid being droned.

    If the drones can’t follow him from the sky with his current idea, the law enforcement officers on the ground will see him a mile away.

    What’s the lesser of two evils?

  2. Irving of Berlin says:

    Room under the hoodie for tinfoil reinforcements…

    • plarsen says:

      It looks to me like the tinfoil is built in?

      I am all in favor. It is a bit like a certain type of tattoos and piercings. You can recognise the morans instantly before they even move or speak.

      It would be even better with a large “Moran” tattoo on the forehead, but hey – the world is not perfect.

    • Tim says:

      Tinfoil is crinckly-loud, uncomfortable {it doesn’t breath}, and socially unacceptable. Futhermore, as it is a poor conductor with slight semi-conductor properties due to exterior oxides, it can act as a ‘detector’ for amplitude-modulated radiation causing one to *hear* voices.

      Fine copper mesh is the way to go.

  3. Dallas says:

    It won’t work standing next to the teabagger with the grenade launcher.

    • Tim says:

      You could share your fashionable head-wear with that multi-footprinted-weapon dude — We’re all in this together.

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Thats a repurposed Gallagher Splatter Hat.

    • msbpodcast says:

      That’s what I thought too. 🙂

      • bobbo, are we Men of Science, or Devo says:

        Great Minds, like Great Trains, run on the same tracks.

        Either that, or we watch too much tv.

  5. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    He is stepping on my patent for anti-drone pants suit and he may be infringing on the intent of my anti-drone spray.
    You use it like spray-on deodorant. Just one spritz in the morning and you’re good all day. It’s been working for me for over a year now. Cover-Drone ® and Drone-Off ®

    • Guyver says:

      He is stepping on my patent for anti-drone pants suit and he may be infringing on the intent of my anti-drone spray.

      Could be worse. You may wake up one day to find you don’t even own your own genes:


  6. UncDon says:

    It’s only a matter of time before our job description will have to encoded into us in some fashion (pun intended) so the drones will know who is who — essentially similar to the eye-scanner technology used in Minority Report.

    Of course, I’m assuming drug dealers and prostitutes (I prefer the Firefly TV show term “companion”) and other ne’er-do-wells will be fully licensed and taxed, leaving only the unemployed as targets.

  7. Glenn E. says:

    This is baloney. Unless one wears a refrigerated suit, you’re body will give off enough heat to track. A hoodie or umbrella isn’t going to work 100%. Fashion nonsense.

    BTW, those extra large goggle sunglasses that eye doctors sometimes give you. Work great at foiling Facial Recognition cameras.

    • spsffan says:

      And Glenn wins a cigar for being the first to point out the stupidity of this getup.

      Of course, as far as I can tell, the entire fashion industry is a scheme by fags to separate women from their money while getting a good laugh. But consider that I think Jackson Pollock should have been jailed for fraud. 🙂

      Good tip in the sunglasses…certainly more comfortable than a ski mask!

    • ± says:

      Ditto on the baloney. But even refrigeration needs to dump the heat, so that wouldn’t work either.

      What would work temporarily, is carrying around a few gallons of liquid nitrogen and having it cancel out your heat just right (must blend in with background radiation) until it is used up. This is technically possible but horribly complicated and expensive. Impractical.

    • Tim says:

      Agreed about the ability to track a heat signature being in-effective. But this application is to counter-measure the facial recognition/ blood flow distribution biometric identification of a proclaimed target.

      I guess, some will argue that it’s irresponsible to use because that will lead them to just do the whole block anyways. Well,…..

  8. sargasso_c says:

    For terrorists who follow the latest in London’s fashion and style.

  9. bobbo, knock/knock---is anybody Home?..... says:

    Kiddies—poor form to explain the set up of the joke everyone else is already laughing at.

    Knock, knock??????

  10. noname says:

    Everyone else is wearing jackets and this duffus is holding onto his freezing nuts.

    The irony is, people in the jackets (keeps the heat in) have less IR heat signature to target then duffus nuts.

    From the sky, his hood is going to reflect the sun back up like a mirror. Duffus nuts will be the easiest and most well lite target a Drone ever had!

    It does make for a nice Muslim head covering!

    • msbpodcast says:

      Sort of like Yasser Arafat‘s doffing of checkered table cloths.

      Didn’t do him much good.

      According to a friend of mine, he didn’t even like Italian food.


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