Illustrating the concept, i.e. active captureand re-display, creates an "illusory transpar-ency", also known as "computer mediatedreality"
, is a group of camouflagetechnologieswhich allow an object to blend into its sur-roundings by use of panels or coatings cap-able of altering their appearance, color, lu-minance and reflective properties. Activecamouflage has the capacity to provide per-fect concealment from visual detection.
Active camouflage differs from conventionalmeans of concealment in two importantways: firstly, it makes the camouflaged objectappear not merely similar to its surround-ings, but effectively invisible through the useof mimicry; secondly, active camouflagechanges the appearance of the object aschanges occur in the background. Ideally,active camouflage mimics nearby objects aswell as objects as distant as the horizon. Active camouflage has its origins in thediffused lighting camouflagefirst tested onCanadian NavycorvettesduringWorld War
II, and later in the armed forces of the UnitedKingdom and the United States of America.Current systems began with aUnitedStates Air Forceprogram which placed low-intensity blue lights on aircraft. As nightskies are not pitch black, a 100 percentblack-colored aircraft might be rendered vis-ible. By emitting a small amount of blue light,the aircraft blends more effectively into thenight sky. Active camouflage is rumored to havetaken a new turn with the development of theBoeing Bird of Prey, which apparently took the technology further. (The Bird of Prey wasablack projectand available data is limited.) Active camouflage is poised to develop ata rapid pace with the development of organiclight-emitting diodes(OLEDs) and other tech-nologies which allow for images to be projec-ted onto irregularly-shaped surfaces. Withthe addition of a camera, an object may notbe made completelyinvisible, but may in the-ory mimic enough of its surrounding back-ground to avoid detection by the humaneyeas well as optical sensors. As motion may stillbe noticeable, an object might not berendered undetectable under this circum-stance but potentially more difficult to hit.This has been demonstrated with videos of "wearable" displays where the camera couldsee "through" the wearer.
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Outside fiction, the concept exists only in the-ory and in proof-of-concept prototypes, al-though many experts consider it technicallyfeasible. In2003three professors at
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