Anti-Surveillance Coat: Protects you and your privacy
Anti-Surveillance Coat: Protects you and your privacy
This metalliferous Anti-Surveillance Coat blocks every in- and outgoing signal. Keeping you safe in an information-driven environment.
This metalliferous Anti-Surveillance Coat blocks every in- and outgoing signal. Keeping you safe in an information-driven environment. Read more
About this project
The Anti-Surveillance Coat protects you and your privacy against the threats of our information-driven environment. This new, ever expanding environment consists of networks and radiowaves. Yet we roam around unprotected with privacy-sensitive data. This unisex coat which makes use of metalliferous fabrics that shields the computerchips in your cards, clothing and car keys; even making your phone untraceable. It blocks every in- and outgoing signal, keeping you and your personal data safe from radiowaves and radiation. We believe in people regaining control over their privacy and data. So when preferred, the black pockets allow you to still be reachable with your device of choice.
The Anti-Surveillance Coat is constructed of different layers of metalliferous fabrics that works like the principle of the Faraday cage. This means that every in- and outgoing signal will be blocked, keeping you and your data safe from radiation. It covers your complete body and falls all the way down to your legs. The design comes with a hood that allows you to be completely covered. Let's not forget that a very important part of the design is the black pocket at the front of the coat. We believe in well-regulated forms of technological progression. This means that you have to be reachable whenever and wherever you want to. The black pocket gives you this option.
There's more...! In addition to the Anti-Surveillance Coat, the design comes with a special sleeve that provides your cards and/or phone an extra few layers of protection. This sleeve can be hung inside the coat and can be used in multiple ways.
• Polyester, copper and nickel (conducted)
• Hood can close all the way
• Can be worn on top of other coats
• Comes with the sleeve as pictured above
The model pictured below is wearing a women size M. The length (measured from shoulder seam to knee (underside coat)) is 100 cm for this size.
We as humans are creating an enormous invisible network on top of our existing biosphere; the infosphere. This infosphere consists of networks and radiowaves. It’s our new, ever expanding environment that grows at a staggering rate. Yet we roam around unprotected with privacy-sensitive data. This data might easily be tracked and misused by virtually everyone; random people, but also companies and governments. It has become impossible to control which information about us is revealed and what stays hidden. We are not in control of our own privacy anymore. And privacy is what makes us human.
Project KOVR's Anti-Surveillance Coat is protecting you from the infosphere.
Be part of realizing a wearable countermovement. Stay human in an information-driven environment.
What do we need?
So far we’ve funded everything ourselves. We started examining the materials and eventually, after a long process, we came up with a prototype that was ready for official testing. That prototype is transformed into a ready-to-produce-sample which can be seen during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Together with you we want to create a first batch of 50 Anti-Surveillance coats. Well known Dutch fashion and pattern designer Els Roseboom will be responsible for the production of this batch.
In order to further develop and create the coats we need €15.000. This amount will be spent not just on the creation of the coats alone.
A small part will be reserved for our other prototype, the Anti-Surveillance Backpack. New ideas and creations will follow as KOVR is an ongoing project.
We're aiming for €15.000 to make sure we have enough funds to produce a batch of 50 coats. If we exceed our initial target we have build in different stretch goals. Of course,the biggest part of the budget will be used for the creation of the Anti-Surveillance Coats. But with a bigger budget it means we have more capabilities to develop more products. The Anti-Surveillance Backpack is one of them, but we're full of other ideas. Another goal is to use a part of the budget for creating more awareness when it comes to privacy and data use. This means we're open to design performances, writing articles and to find other like-minded designers to collaborate with.
What would we be without backers? We need you and we love to give you something in return. There are different rewards, so everyone can participate. Only able to pay with iDEAL? Send us a message and we'll come back to you! We have not included shipping costs in the rewards and will collect these after the campaign. This way we can keep our funding goal accurate. There are estimations noted by each reward. Any questions? Message us!
#1 €10 or more - Part of the countermovement
Thank you for joining in on our mission. You're taking part in the countermovement and that is awesome!
#2 €25 or more - Your name on ProjectKOVR.com
We are proud of you just as much as we're proud of everyone who's supporting our quest. As a form of gratitude we will include your name on our website. Thank you for joining in!
#3 €50 or more - Handmade Anti-Surveillance Card Sleeve
Your cards can contain valuable data stored on a tiny little RFID/NFC chip. These chips are easy to skim, trace or hack. Protect your privacy with this special handmade-Kickstarter-only-sleeve. Your most precious information will be safe and in the meanwhile you're helping us. Isn't that great?
#4 €150 or more - Big Anti-Surveillance Phone/Card Sleeve
Your phone as well as the chips on your cards contain valuable information which can be accessed by unwanted parties. Protect all of your cards and make your mobile phone untraceable. This big sleeve has multiple options and can function in different ways. A Kickstarter special since it will normally only be available with the Anti-Surveillance Coat.
#5 €475 or more - Early Birds: Anti-Surveillance Coat
Be the first one to the join countermovement and protect yourself and your data with the Anti-Surveillance Coat. Receive the coat including the Anti-Surveillance Phone/card sleeve at a very special offer. Only 8 offers available!
#6 €525 or more - Anti-Surveillance Coat
Join the countermovement and protect yourself and your data with the Anti-Surveillance Coat. Receive the coat including the Anti-Surveillance Phone/card sleeve and stay human in an information-driven environment. Normal retail will be €575, do we need to give more reasons?
#7 €975 or more Duo Pack - Anti-Surveillance Coat
Join the countermovement and protect yourself and your lover, friend or family-member with the Anti-Surveillance Coat Duo Pack. Receive two coats including the Anti-Surveillance Phone/card sleeve and stay human in an information-driven environment. Normal retail will be €1150, so sounds like a good deal right?
#8 €1,250 or more - Book a lecture or exposition
Want us to give you a lecture at your desired place? Or are you interested in using our prototypes for an exposition? This is your chance! Let's work together in getting the message across. Restricted to Netherlands only.
Who are we?
We are Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw. Marcha Schagen (1991) is an Utrecht based fashion- and performance designer and Leon Baauw (1991) operates as a graphic designer in Rotterdam. We’ve studied at different art academies but have known each other since secondary school. Project KOVR is an ongoing project aimed at giving the individual the power to weapon itself against the unwanted tracing of everyday objects. Where has our name originated from? KOVR finds its roots in Esperanto, an easy to learn art language designed to put aside political and cultural differences to provide a more transparant way of communication.
Did you test it?
At Telefication in Zevenaar we got the chance to actually test our prototypes. This amazing chance resulted in a day full of excitement as it turned out that the Anti-Surveillance Coat blocked all forms of radio waves. The biggest Dutch news broadcaster NOS documented the whole proces which can be viewed below (Dutch).
If you want to receive the official test result as we received them, send us a message.
Terms & Conditions:
• Shipping worldwide.
• Shipping costs are for the funder/costumer.
• It is not possible to refund the Anti-Surveillance Coat and/or other rewards.
• It is possible to exchange the Anti-Surveillance Coat for a different size, if the requested size is in stock at that moment. Because the first 50 coats are ordered and produced based on the size of the buyer, it may be possible that there is no other size available.
• In case of exchanging of the coat, the shipping costs are for the funder/costumer.
• Errors and omissions excepted.
Join us in our mission. We thank you!
Risks and challenges
The previous handmade prototype of our Anti-Surveillance Coat was tested in different ways and worked like a charm. However, a prototype always remains a single piece. Together with you we're on the edge of creating at least 50 coats and since this upcoming production model hasn't been worn by anyone yet, we're very eager to learn how it behaves in different conditions. Therefore we'd love to stay in touch with our first buyers to hear their personal experiences with the Anti-Surveillance Coat.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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