Kickstarter project shields your electronic devices from surveillance tracking

offpocketWant a way-cool tech product before it officially hits the market? This week’s pick for our favorite Kickstarter project is a privacy pouch for mobile phones that blocks all signals.

Project name: OFF Pocket
Category: Technology
Goal: $35,000
Currently funded: $35,256
Deadline for pledging: August 27, 2013

In today’s modern surveillance state society, privacy is now more a luxury than a right. Wherever you and your phone go, you’re being tracked—and you seldom know exactly by whom. But you can regain a small degree of control over your privacy with OFF Pocket, a mobile phone pouch that blocks all cellular, Wi-Fi, and GPS signals, making your phone “untrackable, unhackable, and undistractible,” says project creator Adam Harvey.

Why can’t I just turn off my phone, you ask? Because even when you power down your phone “some electronics may still be active, leaving your phone vulnerable to tracking. Plus power cycling your phone may take upwards of 30 seconds,” explains Harvey in the project video.

OFF Pocket shields over 100dB of radio signals in the frequency range of 800MHz and 2.4GHz, as well as blocking CMDA/GSM/DCS/PHS/3G/4G, and Wi-Fi (2.4GHz), Bluetooth (2.4GHs), and GPS (1-2GHz). For comparison, several law enforcement forensic bags block only about 80dB. Because decibels are a logarithmic unit of measurement, a difference of 20dB is 10,000 percent stronger. OFF Pocket has been tested on all major networks including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and works with any smartphone and mobile OS anywhere in the world.

The $75 early bird special has sold out, but for $85 you can back OFF Pocket and receive a first-run unit this October. Bump that up to $425 and you’ll also receive an “Anti-Drone” hoodie designed with a metallic fabric that will conceal you from the thermal imaging surveillance used by drones.

[Source: Meredith Popolo @ PCMag]

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422859,00.asp

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