Asked about drones, the average person will likely name the Reaper and Predator unmanned attack planes, or the tiny octocopters that Amazon hopes can deliver your packages. But the military category alone is far larger: Israel’s small triangular Harpy, China’s huge four-winged Soaring Dragon. Artist Ruben Pater’s Drone Survival Guide is ostensibly for use in spotting and evading these drones, collecting the above craft and more in a birdwatching poster-style set of silhouettes.
Like the “Stealth Wear” line of clothing, it’s even theoretically designed to protect the user, printed on a mirrored surface that could be used to try to confuse a drone’s camera. Unlike Stealth Wear or other more general commentaries, though, the survival guide turns drones into something knowable and specific, not a frightening catch-all category but a series of real, individual aircraft.
The drone survival guide, which started as Pater’s graphic design masters project, is a lot like Bridle’s drone recognition kit, and both pieces evoke the plane-spotting kits and cards used during World War II. “Of course, the idea you can hide from UAVs or be safe from them if they have harmful intentions is absurd,” says Pater, although the back of the guide describes simple tactics like blocking your heat signature with a space blanket or more complex ones like hacking a GPS signal.
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