Imagine you are sick, sporting your ugliest sweatpants and dark circles around your eyes, but are in desperate need of a new Chris Ware comic from Grober Unfug in Mitte to feel better. You better have a strategy to avoid streetstyle photographers that mistake your outfit as “interesting” and publish it the next day. Or you borrowed your roommates new sequin dress without asking because it just fits this weeks Broken Hearts Club theme so well. Different situation- same problem: you told that nerdy fellow student that you got the swineflu and can’t help him move because you are under quaratine… There are millions of situations where you better not get photographed. And there’s hope! A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a really funny device that a student from NYU invented: the Anti-Paparazzi-Clutch. More about it after the jump.
The c lutch actually is a LED light build into a regular purse. It effectively ruins any photographs by detecting the flash and then responds with an even brighter flash that blinds the camera.Take that, Papz!
“[I thought] It would be really nice if there was some way to communicate back to the photographer if you didn’t feel like having your picture taken,” explains the inventor Adam Harvey.
But to be honest, you gotta give in order to get, right? So, fortunately the idea is a rough prototype and we still can browse all the nice party-pictures and vernissage snapshots that make a Monday morning and our blog so much more fun!