camouflage

A Compact Toolbox That Camouflages Itself As A Book On Your Shelf

Hunting down your toolbox and finding the right tool for a quick fix is never really ‘quick’ enough. And it usually leads to an ever-growing to-do list of things to fix around the house. Here’s a better solution: Strelka’s ToolBook lets you hide a basic set of screwdrivers and Allen keys on a bookshelf, so they’re always easily accessible.


Can You Find The Leopard Hiding In This Picture?

It’s there, I promise you. But if you were just walking around or if you were this leopard’s prey, by the time you see it, it would be too late. The photo was taken by excellent photographer Art Wolfe.


Can You Find The Sniper Hiding With Camouflage In This Picture?

No? It’s ok, I couldn’t find him either. I tried really hard too but I’d just be a walking dead person by now if I stumbled across this field in real life because the sniper that’s hiding would have no problem mowing me down. He’s super close. No, not there. There.


Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps Skiers Hide Bumpy Moguls Runs

We’ve already seen (or haven’t) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could give them a small advantage in competition.


The History Of Invisibility And The Future Of Camouflage

In 2004, the US Army made a colossal mistake. It introduced a new digital camouflage called the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a single pattern designed to work across all environments. Only a few months later, however, as the war in Iraq was intensifying by the day, every soldier on the ground knew the truth: by trying to work in every situation, UCP worked in none of them.


How London Was Redesigned To Survive Wartime Blackouts

One of the more interesting aspects of urban life during the bombing raids of World War II was the clever and strategic re-designing of the London streetscape so that residents could live in a state of blackout.


How A Poorly Camouflaged Insect Reshapes Its Ecosystem

For an insect trying to avoid becoming dinner, the consequences of bad camouflage are clear. What’s less obvious is how the effects then ripple like an aftershock through an entire ecosystem, subtly changing which shrubs are eaten and which critters thrive. For example, the consequences of a single species of badly camouflaged walking stick insect can cascade throughout the California hills.


Magic Colour-Changing Camo Blends In No Matter The Season

Camouflage only works when it’s got the same colour and pattern as your surroundings. When the foliage takes on a different hue, you don’t want to be caught wearing last season’s colour. This magical new camouflage solves that problem with temperature-sensitive dyes to keep your sporting wear fashionable year-round.


6 Buildings Hiding In Plain Sight, Including One Australian Concept

We’re used to hearing about military camouflage, which has been used to hide everything from ships to whole towns. But there are plenty of less explicit forms of large-scale camouflage out there — like the architectural sort, which ranges from hiding buildings just below the ground plane to coating them in mirrors.


The Forgotten History Of How Modern Art Helped Win World War II

Camouflage — at least in its present incarnation — grew up alongside modernism. And though the relationship between art and war was long ignored by historians, it’s now coming to light just how intertwined they really were. Particularly when it came to hiding things in plain sight.