Nanofabrics are currently being researched for use in military camouflage. A development called 'active camouflage' allows the wearer or object to blend into its surroundings. Active Camouflage uses panels and coatings that can change their appearance, from luminance and reflective properties to colour. This technology is perfect for military purposes as it provides complete concealment from visual detection. Interestingly, similar to a lot of nanotechnological breakthroughs, nature has been using the method for millions of years. The cuttlefish uses a form of 'active camouflage' to protect themselves from predators. Cuttlefish is known as the 'chameleon of the sea' due to its remarkable ability to change colour, which is what military corporations are trying to replicate.
Liquid Body Amour:
|A soldier protected by liquid amour |
(and a hard exoskeleton)
[Dr. Eric Wetzel, a mechanical engineer from the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate]
How Liquid Body Amour Works Diagram: