Want Laptop Privacy? Wear This ‘Compubody Sock’

Sternlab Compubody

Ever sat on a crowded airplane or bus with your laptop open, craving a little privacy as you typed an email or watched a terrible movie? One valiant innovator has a solution for exactly that dilemma, and it’s a bit more, shall we say, enveloping than one of those privacy filters you slide over your screen.

The “Compubody Sock,” which anyone with knitting skills can make at home, is a giant sock-hoodie-bag in which you place your laptop or tablet, along with your head and hands, giving you total privacy while freaking out anyone who happens to be sitting next to you. Designer Becky Stern told Forbes’ Kashmir Hill that the Sock was meant more as commentary on privacy and device addiction; even so, considering how NSA employees reportedly drape themselves in hoods in order to thwart hidden cameras while typing in passwords, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that an ultra-paranoid someone could find a practical use for a body sock.

But that paranoid android better have expert knitting skills: putting together the Sock necessitates a whole lot of steps (“Purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn the work,” etc.). Your other option, of course, is to simply avoid working on sensitive stuff in public.

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3 Responses to “Want Laptop Privacy? Wear This ‘Compubody Sock’”

August 01, 2014 at 1:25 pm, COMPUTER SCIENCE GRAD said:

I like this article. The picture alone is ridiculously hilarious. The scary part of this comedic article is that someone who lacks common sense and rational thinking may actually attempt and succeed at making something similar to this and using it in public. The most important thought and statement in the article is, “…avoid working on sensitive stuff in public”.


August 05, 2014 at 8:07 am, sirlanse said:

It needs to have some metal wires woven into it, to catch stray RF.
Then, even people with an antenna cannot read what they are doing.


September 09, 2014 at 4:34 am, Anartech Systems said:

Put your hot electronics in a woolen bag, denying them airflow and allowing the ingestion of dust and fluff from the cardihoodie thing. Solid idea.


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