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SEMINAR REPORT ON

OPTICAL CAMOUFLAGUE

SUBMITTED BY

PRASHANT MATWA

UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF

PROF. KEERTI CHOUHAN

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT FOR THE AWARD OF BACHELOR’S DEGREE

IN

ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING

(B.TECH RAJASTHAN TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY)

DEPARTMENT OF

ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGGINERING

JODHPUR INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND

TECHNOLOGY,

MOGRA, N.H. 65, PALI ROAD,

JODHPUR-342001

(2010-2011)
ABSTRACT

While new high-performance, light-transmitting materials such as aerogel and light-


transmitting concrete compel us to question the nature of solidity, a new technology developed
by University of Tokyo seeks to make matter disappear altogether.

Scientists at Tachi Laboratory have developed Optical Camouflage, which utilizes a


collection of devices working in concert to render a subject invisible. Although more
encumbering and complicated than Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, this system has essentially
the same goal, rendering invisibility by slipping beneath the shining, silvery cloth.

Optical Camouflage requires the use of clothing – in this case, a hooded jacket – made
with a retro-reflective material, which is comprised by thousands of small beads that reflect light
precisely according to the angle of incidence. A digital video camera placed behind the person
wearing the cloak captures the scene that the individual would otherwise obstruct, and sends data
to a computer for processing. A sophisticated program calculates the appropriate distance and
viewing angle, and then transmits scene via projector using a combiner, or a half silvered mirror
with an optical hole, which allows a witness to perceive a realistic merger of the projected scene
with the background – thus rendering the cloak-wearer invisible.