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Trick Facial Recognition Software into Thinking You’re a Zebra or Giraffe with These Pyschedelic Garments

February 1, 2023

Kate Mothes

A group of models wearing colorful garments that are woven using an algorithm to trick facial recognition software.

All images © Cap_able, shared with permission

Here’s some unusual criteria to consider when deciding what to wear: if you’re scanned by facial-recognition software, do you prefer being detected as a zebra, giraffe, or a dog? Cap_able, an Italian fashion-meets-tech startup, prompts consumers to consider individual rights to privacy when making decisions about self-expression. The studio’s inaugural project, the Manifesto Collection, combines knitwear with an algorithm into a kind of 21st-century camouflage that protects the wearer’s biometric data without the need to conceal the face.

Built on ideas of collaboration and awareness, Cap_able was established in 2019 to fuse technology, textiles, and fashion into a high-tech product with everyday applications. Evocative of Magic Eye puzzles, the technology behind the Manifesto Collection‘s psychedelic patterns is an innovative

Models wearing colorful garments that are woven using an algorithm to trick facial recognition software. Text on the image shows percentages of machine confidence.

The idea for the startup was planted in 2019 when Didero enrolled at the

Unlike most clothing items you’ll find on the rack, Cap_able’s garments are accompanied by some unique fine print: “The Manifesto Collection‘s intent is not to create an invisibility cloak, rather, it is to raise awareness and protect the rights of the wearer wherever possible.” See the full collection on Cap_able’s website.

A model wearing a colorful garment that is woven using an algorithm to trick facial recognition software.

A pair of pants woven with an algorithm that tricks facial recognition software into detecting a dog.

Textiles woven with an algorithm to trick facial recognition software.A group of models wearing colorful garments that are woven using an algorithm to trick facial recognition software.

A model wearing a woven top that tricks facial recognition software into mistaking the person for a dog.A model wearing a brightly colored dress and standing in front of a mural.

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