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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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… Somebody’s Watching Me.

On February 11th, 2008, the GRL’s Rotterdam LASER Tag video roared past 1 million views at the resolution of the proletariat, i.e. YouTube. Now, officially, we’re Internet Platinum brah! Even these fucks agree. SO where’s my spinnin’ crown animated gif badge for the website!? Wasn’t someone supposed to be making that just for this occasion? Heads should roll I swear to god. Look at the weak-ass crowns you made me hot link to:


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Posted on February 12, 2008

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Our Ghetto Matrix instruction set has made it to the final round of the instructables laser cutter competition. We are one of 14 people that stand a chance to win this $15,000 piece of machinery. This laser cutter would be the corner stone to the fffffisical fffffat lab space once it’s up and running…… we NEED this.

  • You can view the finalists here, and people who have instructables accounts can go straight into the matrix and cast your vote for us here. For those of you who don’t have accounts (but want to help us win this thing), just go here and set up an account and start voting.

  • We could really use your help with this one, so please forward this on, force your mom to sign up on instructables, sign your cat up for an account… whatever it takes. Thanks for the support and hopefully we’ll be doing irresponsible things with very powerful lasers very soon.

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    Posted on January 8, 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 : )
     
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    Full pdf – with bonus last page

     
     
     
     

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    Posted on January 7, 2008

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