Adam Harvey, the facial-recognition thwarting artist/technologist who brought us neon-blue hair hanging in our eyes and graphic black smears of makeup, admits that it can be, shall we say, aesthetically challenging to conceal a face.
Tell it to the Privacy Visor guys from Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) who came out with the Privacy Visor. That nose/eye concealing face gadget was about as aesthetically pleasing as bug eyes with segmented antennae.
Harvey’s latest project is far more wearable. It’s called HyperFace, and it involves printing patterns of pixels on to clothing or textiles that look, to computers, like they could be faces, with eyes, noses, mouths and ears.