In a world of ever-increasing public surveillance, a designer has come up with an elegant and beautiful way of protecting the individual identity. Incognito, as designed by Ewa Nowak of Noma Studio, deploys cleverly placed brass shapes to throw off the probing glare of facial recognition technology.
For those wary of the ever-increasing use of facial recognition technology–and especially its deployment in public places and spaces–Polish designer Ewa Nowak has imagined a minimalist, chic and elegant solution to this concern, reports My Modern Met.
Nowak has created Incognito, which, as the outlet describes, is a brass mask comprised of, “An elongated polygon rests between your eyebrows and spans the height of your forehead while two circles cover either cheekbone. Each shape is connected by a strand of wire that also secures the mask—it fits over your ears like a pair of glasses.”
Explaining the concept, Nowak, of the Noma Studio, wrote, “The project touches on the subject of social surveillance and protection of one’s own image in public places. The object is designed to protect the image against face recognition algorithms used in modern cameras installed in public space.”
“The three elements on it make the human face unrecognized by the camera. This project was preceded by a long-term study on the shape, size and location of mask elements so that it actually fulfills its task. When testing solutions, I used the DeepFace algorithm, which is used by Facebook,” she added.
[Featured Image: Ewa Nowak]