It goes without saying Western soldiers haven't seen a lot of jungle and woodland shooting these days. The arid climes of the Middle East — and their urban centres — have been warfare hotspots. So how about some crazy new urban camouflage?
This experimental piece of kit, by camo firm HyperStealth, might look like a hideous screen-printed dress. But! It's actually trying to trick enemy brains with some trooper trompe l'oeil:
This is the unconventional pattern in field trials, previous computer simulations showed this pattern to be quite effective for both outdoor and indoor urban environments. The perceived depth within the pattern throws off the ambient and focal vision from noticing the target.
So, you think this would work? It's hard to say without actually being out there, but it's fascinating to see the psychology behind something as simple as a shirt.