Put On a New Face: Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic

Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic

Cameras and facial recognition systems are everywhere, even in places where you least expect them. Some people are all for it for the sake of security, while others feel like it’s an invasion of their privacy. If you agree with the latter, never going out–and hence, never showing your face in public again–isn’t a viable option. So instead you’re stuck with alternatives like Urme Surveillance’s identity prosthetic mask that literally lets you wear someone else’s face. Unfortunately, it does make you look a bit creepy in the process.

Other options include a paper mask (which are beyond obvious, but they will still hide your face from cameras) and the video facial encryptor, which covers your face with another one when you’re streaming video or when you’re making a video call.

The face behind Urme is Leo Selvaggio, who’s not afraid to show his face and have many others use it and pass it off as their own.

Leo explains: “When you wear these devices the cameras will track me instead of you and your actions in public space will be attributed as mine because it will be me the cameras see. All URME devices have been tested for facial recognition and each properly identifies the wearer of me on Facebook, which has some of the most sophisticated facial recognition software around.”

Urme’s offerings are currently available on Indiegogo. Check out the campaign page here.


1 thought on “Put On a New Face: Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic”

  1. My post from two years ago in response to an article titled. “FBI to roll out $1 billion public facial recognition system in 2014”

    People will adapt in one of 2 ways. 1. Take measures to hide their
    identity. Mask wearing could become a fashion statement. 2. They will
    shrug their shoulders and accept that they’re being tracked.

    I expect #2 since the majority of people don’t care about the amount of
    tracking being done now and in fact eagerly assist in the tracking.

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