It’s gaudy, obnoxious and alert… but at least the fashion police never find you. An Italian company has invented clothes that fool security cameras into thinking you’re an animal.
Start-up Cap-able describes its Manifesto collection – which includes a £252 t-shirt, £370 jumper and £245 joggers – as “a wearable algorithm to protect our identities”.
The knitted fabric is woven with enemy patches that protect facial biometrics and confuse AI computers by falsely categorizing the wearer as a dog, zebra or giraffe.
Despite fears that the gear could be worn by criminals to disguise their identities, CEO Rachele Didero said: “In a world where data is the new oil, Cap-able is addressing the issue of privacy and opening the conversation about the importance of protection against misuse of biometric recognition cameras.
“The problem is playing an increasing role in everyday life and affects citizens all over the world. If neglected, it can freeze individuals’ rights, including freedom of expression, association and freedom of movement in public.”
So far, enemy patches have only been printed. Cap-able patented a method of weaving the algorithm into fabric.
It says that the clothes have been tested on YOLO – the best-selling real-time object recognition system. “People wearing Cap-able’s clothing are not recognized as such by the software, which instead identifies dogs, zebras or giraffes in the fabric,” she claims.
Metro style expert Nicole Mowbray said, “They’re not pretty or affordable. But fashion’s punk spirit has always been about challenging the status quo, defending individual rights and raising two fingers against authority. These pieces definitely fit that bee.”
Our Connect editor Lucy Hedges said Cap-able can help people feel their data is protected. “If they get it right, they could be onto something groundbreaking,” she said. “If not, all you see is really overpriced, ugly knitwear.”
And a wobble suggested the gear is a boon to shoplifters…
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