The End of an Era for X-Ray Spex

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You can buy these glasses on Ebay (they also come in blue) but they won’t really let you see through clothing, perv.

You can put your hands down now. The Transportation Security Administration has announced plans to stop using the Millimeter wave scanners in its airport security screenings. Those are the scanners you have to stand in with your hands over your head—the same scanners that produce the “naked” images of passengers, like the image below from Wikimedia.

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Coincidentally, the TSA announcement came the same day a new exhibition of anti-surveillance apparel opened in London.

New York–based artist Adam Harney teamed up with New York–based designer Johanna Bloomfield to create Stealth Wear. According to Harvey, “the anti-drone hoodie and anti-drone scarf: garments designed to thwart thermal imaging, a technology used widely by UAVs.”

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The Privacy Mode exhibition, which will include videos demonstrating the technology behind the pieces, will also feature Harvey’s “XX-shirt,” which features a heart-shaped print (over your heart) that shields the body from x-rays, and the “Off Pocket” a device which automatically turns off your cellphone signal.

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According to PopSci, the hoodie and scarf are “engineered to conceal the body’s thermal signature that can be picked up by the IR sensors built into many surveillance cameras and drones.”

The exhibition kicked off with a preview party on Jan. 17 at the headquarters of Tank Magazine and is presented by Primitive London, an artists’ collective and retail store, which sells one-of-a-kind, artisanal pieces, as well as its own Primitive design label. If you’re in London or near enough, the exhibition runs through the end of the month.

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Published Jan. 18, 2013 at ApparelNews.net