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Anti-Paparazzi Bags, Burqas, and Backlash


My ITP classmate Adam Harvey has invented an anti-paparazzi clutch bag that “communicates the desire to NOT be photographed.”  According to Adam, “when the device detects a camera flash it responds with another flash that obscures the photo.”  Awesome idea Adam!

Apparently one paparazzo doesn’t like the idea too much.  Adam recently received his first hate mail from an angry paparazzo:


“Reducing income for my growing young family”!? Oh no, the paparazzi are breeding?

If he’s worried that the device won’t work, why is this pissed-off paparazzo worried about his economic livelihood?  By the way, for the record, I’ve tried out the prototype, and it definitely works.

In any case, I think that celebs should take a cue from the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson (peace be upon him), and wear a burqa in public to avoid being photographed.  I don’t want to name anyone in particular, but if your last name is Hilton or Beckham, you might want to consider it.


But if you are a celeb that MUST be seen in public sans-burqa (like if you’re in France for the Cannes Film Festival, for example), then check out Adam’s site for more information about his invention.  A limited supply will be available in Spring 2010.

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Kris & Sophia meet the head(banger)phones

Here are some photos of Sophia and Kris trying out my head(banger)phones the other day:

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Kris meets head(banger)phones

I’m finding more blog posts about the head(banger)phones from across the international Internets.

Here are posts from Australia, Brazil, and France.

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head(banger)phones – FINAL

I’m getting ready to present the head(banger)phones for the ITP Winter Show.  A little bit of solder helped to get rid of the short circuit problem I was having periodically with the accelerometer.  I also replaced the orchestral audio samples I originally used to demo the head(banger)phones with some synth samples I recorded from my Sidstation.

The head(banger)phones are a personal music device made up of a pair of headphones and a sensor.  When the user wears the head(banger)phones, the motion and position of her head triggers different sounds, creating a dynamic interactive musical experience.

Source code after the jump:

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ITP Winter Show

I will be presenting the head(banger)phones.  Please come 🙂

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head(banger)phones part 2

UPDATE to the update:  I’ve just uploaded my final presentation slides for the head(banger)phones in PDF format.  Download here.

This is an progress update on my final project for Physical Computing, the head(banger)phones.