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Stealth-Focused Wearables in the New York Times #wearables

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Check out this piece in the New York Times from Sunday that features a number of interesting projects and questions at the intersection of high tech fashion wearables and questions of security and privacy — Adam Harvey, Todd Blatt, Jan Chipchase, Joanne McNeil, and some thoughts from Adafruit’s own genius of wearables, Becky Stern!

From NYT reporter Jenna Wortham:

The term “stealth wear” sounded cool, if a bit extreme, when I first heard it early this year. It’s a catchy description for clothing and accessories designed to protect the wearer from detection and surveillance. I was amused. It seemed like an updated version of a tinfoil hat, albeit a stylish one.

Fast-forward a few months. Flying surveillance cameras, also known as drones, are increasingly in the news. So are advances in facial-recognition technology. And wearable devices like Google Glass — which can be used to take photographs and videos and upload them to the Internet within seconds — are adding to the fervor. Then there are the disclosures of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former government contractor, about clandestine government surveillance.

It’s enough to make counter-surveillance fashion as timely and pertinent as any seasonal trend, like midriff tops or wedge sneakers….

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