A DIY Hat To Prevent Your Visibility On Cameras And Video

Via Quora, how, with a couple dollars and a few spare minutes, to make yourself invisible to Big Brother:

Most cameras (especially black and white security cameras) will see low levels of infrared light. This helps them video at dusk/dawn and in lower levels of light. To test this theory turn on your video camera and point your TV remote control at it. Change a few channels and you will see a pulse of light flash that the naked eye obviously can’t see.

With that said you can easily make an infrared hat with cheap $1 infrared LEDs stitched into the front of the hat, the more the better… Attach a 9 volt battery to the LEDS and bam you are now a giant LED flash light. People will see nothing out of the ordinary, but CCTV cameras will only see a large flash of infrared light coming from your head, hiding your face.

13 Comments on "A DIY Hat To Prevent Your Visibility On Cameras And Video"

  1. does this effect Traffic Cameras also?

  2. I just shake my head rapidly. Like in Four Lions.

  3. I saw this technique on a episode of ‘Hawaii 5-0’. I’m not kidding. It came on in December 2012. I suppose you can check IMDB. 🙂

  4. It’s also shown on the USA network’s show ‘White Collar’

  5. InfvoCuernos | Jan 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm |

    I thought they were going to try and sell me another tinfoil hat.

  6. You poor ass holes are going to wear LED’s on your heads? eady targets for property defenders? police? Good luck!

    • Infrared light isn’t visible unless you’re looking through a digital screen. So if the police or property defenders are looking at monitors of cameras that they’re pointing at you, then you’re a target. Otherwise, the naked eye can’t tell if they’re on or off. You could easily hide them in hat decorations or the like so they wouldn’t be as obvious and blatant. I have some skepticism that this would work because it seems like you’d need a lot of them to make it that bright- generally LEDs are like the little power light indicators on things, certainly not bright enough to overload a section of a camera! But maybe cameras tuned for nighttime conditions are sensitive enough…

    • You're a mook. | Jan 13, 2013 at 10:08 am |

      The human eye can’t see infrared, you frigging dingaling. How can you comment on something you obviously didn’t read or understand?

  7. I’m surprised that Burn Notice hasn’t used this trick before.

  8. Avanchnzel | Jan 13, 2013 at 5:06 am |

    how often should the battery be changed since you wont be able to see when it dies?

  9. I just wear my aluminum foil cowboy hat. Not only does it prevent my picture from being taken, but it also blocks Venusian mind scan rays.

  10. infrared leds are in remote controls for televisions and what not. Just think about how long it takes before you have to change the batteries in your everyday remote controls you use at home.

  11. Most new security cameras have an IR cut filter in place during the day, and they have wide dynamic range, so this may not be effective against newer, better security cameras. Best method for hiding your face is still a good old ball cap.

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