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Saw this on boingboing and made me think it might be a nice FAT/GRL project kind of in the vein of POV Cam – tools for graffiti writers/activists to stay anonymous in the city. This one uses a super bright IR LED array to overwhelm the CCD of the camera. Looks super dorky but the same principle could be applied to under the peak of a baseball cap or through the front of the mesh.

 
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Michael Naimark takes the laser approach, describing in his paper different ways to setup lasers to target a camera. I especially like the idea of cheap laser pointers on mini camera tripods to fix the laser on the target and then just leave it there until the battery runs out. Could also be combined with the soon to be released GRLv powerthief as a way to have it everlasting!

 
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For embedded systems Infra Red Lasers might be a dope solution. The laser would not be visible to the human eye so it would make finding the source quite difficult – yet it would have the same effect on the camera. They can be made quite easily – it is just a matter of removing the IR blocking filter from the laser pointer and replacing it with some Kodak Wratten 87C (or developed film). Anyway thought I would get some ideas going. Lets make some 2008 era, James Bond worthy tools!

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Posted on February 24, 2008

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Now you don’t need to be an angry german kid to have an excuse to swear your mouth of in Deutsch. Thanks to occasus there is a German version of the Firefox tourettes extension – so install away and see if it’s true what they say about German’s having no sense of humor!

 
Install here: http://fffff.at/tourettes-de/
Source code here: http://fffff.at/download/TourettesDE.zip

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Posted on February 21, 2008

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We got a sneak peak of some new technology being developed at the labs over at You Tube. Apparently people who watch a lot of shows and movies online have been complaining that the quality of DVDs and HD TV shows is too fine and detailed for their internet eyes. In response You Tube developed these glasses which adds compression artifacts, noise and out of sync audio so as to make “non-web video” more palatable.  We managed to obtain a comparison image bellow which shows the difference the You Tube Glasses makes to standard DVD content.  
 
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Our sources also tell us that the production version of the glasses will feature the classic You Tube watermark on the lower right hand side for added web video realism. 

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Posted on January 9, 2008

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Computer Arts Projects in the UK just did a special ‘how to’ magazine on “Graffiti in the Digital Age”. GRL was the featured profile and I wrote a how to for Laser Tag 2.0 which they butchered quite hard in the editing process. Apparently it needs at least a 5mW projector : )
 
Please excuse the crappy pdf quality. I didn’t feel like making any more effort than this. Enjoy!
 
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Posted on January 7, 2008

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