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Looking at the number of boy-racer Corsas on the roads around me, festooned with various coloured LEDs, it occurred to me that there is a market for the more refined car detailer.

Cars have blue LEDs on the windshield washer caps, multicoloured LEDs on tyre dust-caps, red LED brake light bars, antenna LEDs...very ostentatious, very chav.

For the more sophisticated, I propose infra-red LEDs, invisible to the human eye, but known to the connoisseur of fine customising. Quietly displaying your class, not so... in-your-face.

Oh, did I mention that given sufficient IR LEDs, you could dazzle some classes of speed camera?

[Thanks to [yabba do yabba dabba] for the improved title!]

TolpuddleSartre, Mar 10 2005

(?) This is the sort of thing we're up against http://www.pipstech...om/triple_flash.htm
[TolpuddleSartre, Mar 10 2005]

Infrared LEDs make you invisible to CCTV cameras http://www.boingboi...ed-leds-make-y.html
Not just invisible, but overvisible {I already posted this link to camera recording prevention, but I should have posted it here} [Dub, Feb 21 2008]

Invisi-Bling - DIY Anti CCTV Glasses http://www.redferret.net/?p=10611
(via BoingBoing Gadgets) [Dub, Jun 29 2008]

Anti-paparazzi Bag http://ahprojects.c...ions/anti-paparazzi
Not quite as neat as using IR [Dub, Jul 03 2009]

'Privacy visor blocks facial recognition software' http://www.bbc.co.u...technology-21143017
A pair of glasses dubbed a "privacy visor" has been developed to thwart hidden cameras using facial-recognition software. [Dub, Jan 22 2013]

New fashion makes people invisible to thermal imaging cameras used by drones http://www.fark.com/comments/7554519
[Dub, Jan 24 2013]

Anti-Surveillance Dresses Shield Wearer at First Sight of Cameras http://mashable.com...urveillance-dress/?
[Dub, Sep 09 2013]


       This could lead to a secret chav society, a chavian underground. The general public will become very nervous, demanding formation of a watchers group to track their movements. Guido-spex IR contact lenses will be all the rage.
Shz, Mar 10 2005

       Heh. Funnyness.
wagster, Mar 10 2005

       Nice one. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Mar 10 2005

       //WTAGIPBAN// ?
TolpuddleSartre, Mar 10 2005

       WTAGIPBAN - "Wasn't that a good idea posted by a newbie?" It's a compliment, believe it or not. Unlike WIBNI - "wouldn't it be nice if..."
david_scothern, Mar 10 2005

       Aw shucks <blushes>
TolpuddleSartre, Mar 10 2005

       +1. questions later, neat user name.
po, Mar 10 2005

yabba do yabba dabba, Mar 22 2005

       Suspension lowered by 1mm - only discernable to the expert
hippo, Mar 22 2005

       [yabba do yabba dabba] Why didn't I think of that? Thanks!
TolpuddleSartre, Mar 22 2005

       How about also having the world's most perfect in-car sound system, combined with the world's most perfect noise- cancellation system, mutually anihillating eachother to produce perfect silence?
Basepair, Mar 22 2005

       If you stood next to the car too long, could you leave with a custom sun-tan from the IR lights?
sophocles, Mar 23 2005

       So what was the old name?   

       [2fries] It was "Invisible Bling" - I can't believe I missed "Invisibling. I wasn't sure what bakery etiquette was about changing names - apologies.
TolpuddleSartre, Mar 25 2005

       I don't think there is an etiquette about changing your ideas name, unless it's only being changed to pop it back to the top of the recent list.
So no apologies, and welcome.

       One more "name change etiquette" rule would be not to change an entire idea + name in order to put votes and annos on an entirely different idea (which you didn't do, obviously).
AfroAssault, Mar 27 2005

       especially if it were a really good bun-grabbing different idea.
po, Mar 27 2005

       How about motor-driven "spinner" rims that are maintained at exactly 1 rpm slower than the rpm of the wheel?
coprocephalous, Apr 14 2005

       At first, I thought that this was going to be a description of the Hans Christian Andersen Classic // The Emperor's New Clothes Jewellery//, then I read it.   

       I liked the Infra-red LEDs... Very smart. They'd cause glare on speed cameras without drawing attention to themselves. It'd takes ages for the rozzas to nail ya.
Dub, Sep 30 2005

       What about a chroming the inside of your doors and your seat springs. ?
Elitefingerbun, Sep 30 2005

       I thought this was going to be an imaginary brother or sister. Invi-sibling. This is good too, though.
squeak, Sep 30 2005

       The Emperor's new bling.
theleopard, Feb 21 2008

       Heavy-water coolant.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 21 2008

       gold-flecked gasoline
FlyingToaster, Jun 29 2008

       Err, [up-on-cloud-nine], exhaust pipes are already platinum-lined.
You knew that, right?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jan 17 2009

       [Dub] When I saw the title "anti-paparazzi bag", I imagined something like a brown paper grocery bag, with eye holes.
coprocephalous, Jul 03 2009

       Body colour-matched Nurburgring decal.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, May 02 2012

       I'm thinking of a plain white car festooned with fantastically detailed graphics visible only in the IR or UV spectrums. Or both--different art will appear depending on which augmented optics you're using.   

       I like this 'bake a lot. If I gave a s#!t about the appearance of my vehicle, I'd actually implement it.
Alterother, May 02 2012

       Someone just has to point this out, so: "The Emperor's New Bling"
Vernon, May 02 2012

       Somebody did point that out Vernon, about 4 years ahead of you.
DIYMatt, May 02 2012

FlyingToaster, May 02 2012

       OK, I confess I didn't read ALL the annos before I posted. My bad.
Vernon, May 04 2012

       Nobody says "bling" anymore; try "shine" instead.
Brian the Painter, Jan 26 2013

       assemshine// I laughed two minutes after reading that. It took me 2 minutes to get it.
Brian the Painter, Jan 26 2013

       Not sure about your car, but my car already emits quite a bit in the IR spectrum.
RayfordSteele, Sep 10 2013

       This idea is just awesome
Voice, Sep 12 2013


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