How to Fool IR Security Cameras

You are always being watched by security cameras However, you can actually become invisible with this one easy exploit Hello fellow engineers, I’m Dayton Aardema and today I would like to show you how you can fool IR night-vision security cameras by using a powerful yet invisible IR light source. And for all you scum-of-the-earth would be criminals out there: GET OUT! Intellectuals only. This is for scientific demonstration only so don’t go getting yourself into any trouble Do you remember when I used to make my videos with this garbage camera? Well, it has one redeeming quality Which is that it has a night-vision setting and I can use this to simulate my security camera It makes sense for security cameras to use an IR night-vision setting because otherwise you would need to constantly illuminate an area And it would make the location of the cameras extremely obvious however switching to an IR source means that you could potentially bathe the entire area an IR light and Nobody would even be able to see it since our eyes have a very limited range of response to color Now let’s say you’re in town, just you know, being good citizens except it’s nighttime, and you get to thinking: hmm I would like to be incognito to security cameras, but I don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb So what you can do is you can put on a hat or a hood with an IR LED strapped to it Which looks invisible to anybody in your vicinity? However, to IR cameras looks like this Now just to recap when there is an intense LED source somewhere the vicinity of your face the intense light will create such a glare that it will obscure all of your features from the camera and Since it’s an event outside of our normal visible spectrum most people won’t even know that you’re essentially a walking lens glare In order to demo this I purchased some IR LED chips. The wavelength of the one on your left is 840 nanometers and the one on the right is 950 nanometers each are 10 watts And I got two different values to see which one responds better to my particular camera As you may or may not be able to see from my camera the IR LED is almost invisible except for a very faint red glow While it may look nearly invisible to you and me if we put a camera in front of it that can pick up the light In these ranges it’s not that invisible after all All right, so here. I have each of my LEDs on their own power source And I’m going to go ahead and turn both of these on they’re both set at 5 volts Now it’s a little hard to tell which LED is the brightest without a IR camera that can tell And it looks like the one on the left is a lot brighter than the one on the right Alright, I know I look a little silly but remember this is just for demonstration purposes Alright lets give this a try So, right now you’re looking at me from an IR point of view. This is the kind of POV that a night-vison security camera would have And as you can see my face is somewhat visible however I want to be completely incognito Let’s turn on the 10 watt IR LED Uh-oh, where’d I go As you should be able to see on the camera, my face is not entirely drowned out but pretty well concealed to the point where it is virtually impossible to make out any defining features about my face Even when I look around a little bit Still the glare from this light is what is causing the interference Now, although you can see this on the night-vision camera Me and anybody else in this room can’t see anything Hi mom; hi dad Now that you know how to hide from security cameras I have a question for you, what would you do if you could be invisible I’m just curious While you’re down the comments section, please consider subscribing to my channel for more weekly projects. Thanks for watching

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