Coop Himmelb(l)au's Jammer Coat
hides the wearer from Google

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Austrian architecture studio Coop Himmelb(l)au has created a quilted spotty cloak designed to protect the wearer from unwanted data collection.

Jammer Coat by Coop Himmelblau

"The CHBL Jammer Coat is a piece of clothing that enables its user to disappear: Google cannot find you anymore," said Coop Himmelb(l)au, who is best known for architecture projects including the Dalian International Conference Center in China.

Jammer Coat by Coop Himmelblau

The padded jacket contains metallic fibres designed to block radio waves and shield against tracking devices. It is lined with pockets that accommodate smartphones, tablets and other devices of different sizes.

Phone and internet signals should be blocked from reaching these devices when stored inside, and information from credit cards is protected from being captured.

Jammer Coat by Coop Himmelblau

The white material is patterned with trails of black spots, added to further distort the body shape.

"The Wave Circle pattern of the fabric gives an illusion of strange multiple body parts, which hides and frees the individual physicality," the architects said.

Jammer Coat by Coop Himmelblau

The coat was created for an exhibition titled Abiti da Lavoro, which will open at Milan's Triennale Design Museum at the end of this month.

In an increasingly monitored society, designers have been coming up with wearable items to aid privacy. Fabrica researchers created headgear to thwart mind-reading surveillance cameras and Adam Harvey designed a range of anti-drone clothing to hide the wearer from heat detection technologies. See more surveillance-related design »

  • http://www.archileb.com Elie Michel Harfouche

    Pretty disappointing I must say. It’s like an analogue response to a contemporary complex issue, not to mention the orientalist flavour of the design.

  • Somewhatsceptical

    Whilst the cloak can hide the wearer from Google, it cannot, unfortunately, hide them from looking like a complete tool!

    • mrswoo

      Excellent response.

  • Bee

    Whilst I can see why an “invisibility” cloak would be an interesting notion in the current society of governmental control, I am not convinced that the cloak would appeal to anyone. I think Coop should stick to what they are good at – architecture.

  • Jon

    Another solution to hide from Google would be to just leave your phone/tablet at home.

  • orangeeli

    The CHBL Jammer Coat also enables its user to avoid dating.

  • fpc02

    This just stupid. Maybe use the flight mode instead of looking like you’re carrying your bedsheets around?

  • http://www.theidlearchitect.com/ The Idle Architect

    The saddest part is that there’s a use for something like this. Is there a nifty hat to go with it, and a wand possibly?

  • D’orhk!

    Holy crap. I can’t believe how naive some designers are.

  • Rob

    I can’t believe how naive some internet comments are.

  • AB

    You too can look and act like a paranoid transient!

  • Roger

    Is this cloak buyable at all? Looks great to use at home.