Camouflaged Article Patents (Class 428/919)
  • Patent number: 10197362
    Abstract: Camouflage patterns on a substrate such as a fabric comprise in a first aspect a substrate having a camouflage pattern with a set of intermixed colored blotches thereon, the colors of the set of intermixed colored blotches being selected from a group of colors comprising an Olive 527 color, a Dark Green 528 color, a Tan 525 color, a Brown 529 color, a Bark Brown 561 color and a Dark Cream 559 color. In another aspect the colors of the set of intermixed colored blotches being selected from a group of colors comprising an Olive 527 color, a Dark Green 528 color, a Light Sage 560 color, a Tan 525 color, a Brown 529 color, a Bark Brown 561 color and a Dark Cream 559 color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Scotlund McIntosh, Lisa Bareiss Hepfinger, Cheryl Ann Stewardson, Anabela Dugas, James George Fairneny
  • Patent number: 9005741
    Abstract: Fabric has a printed pattern with a base color and at least one design color. The design color has a plurality of irregular, non-repeating spots. The printed pattern is adapted to abate identification of the fabric by a light responsive device. The fabric also includes metal extending throughout. The metal is adapted to abate identification of the fabric by an infrared, heat responsive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Erik H. Hoffer, Clint Meyers
  • Patent number: 8871327
    Abstract: A camouflage structure, capable of altering its appearance, comprises a camouflage graphic layer and a color-changing layer disposed on the camouflage graphic layer. Originally, the camouflage structure presents a first color state. After the color-changing layer changes the color by driving methods, the camouflage structure presents a second color state. For example, a transparent or semi-transparent color-changing layer able to reflect or emitting red light could be disposed on the woodland camouflage graphic layer, which allows for the overall appearance to change from the greenish woodland camouflage to the brownish desert camouflage. Alternatively, the camouflage structure could comprise a greenish camouflage graphic layer made of material with red-shift characteristics, which means the greenish camouflage graphic layer consists of different colors of chromic materials with reversible red-shift characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventor: Chen-Chu Tsai
  • Patent number: 8846179
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a three-dimensional camouflage applied to the exterior of a man-made article. The camouflage comprises a surface with a visible topography defined by a predetermined arrangement of three-dimensional elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Kent D. Saucedo
  • Patent number: 8779964
    Abstract: A selectively reflective construct, and a method for making the construct, are described. In one embodiment reflectance, transmission and absorption properties may be controlled in multiple electromagnetic bands. A construct is described comprising a) a thermally transparent, visually opaque substrate comprising a polymeric material and a colorant, and b) a thermally reflective layer comprising a low emissivity component which is optionally transparent to radar signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Kelsey, Gregory D. Culler, Emmanuel Gustav Van-Dyck, John D. Holcombe, Edward C. Gunzel
  • Patent number: 8771831
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to yarns and fabrics that exhibit anti-static, anti-odor, and anti-microbial properties. The yarn is comprised of several groups of predetermined fibers. One of these groups of predetermined fibers comprises fibers that exhibit anti-microbial, anti-odor and anti-static characteristics. In one embodiment, the yarn comprises a first plurality of fibers, a second plurality of fibers that are different from the fibers of the first plurality, and a third plurality of fibers that are different from the fibers of the first and second pluralities. In one embodiment, the fibers which exhibit anti-microbial, anti-odor and anti-static properties are metallic coated fibers. Other fibers used to form different embodiments of the yarns include cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, meta-aramid fibers, para-aramid fibers, and stretch fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Carole A. Winterhalter
  • Patent number: 8525136
    Abstract: Methods for concealing random or uncontrolled surface defects from a work piece surface are provided, by applying a plurality of induced controlled defects over the random defects to alter the surface texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Sergei Voronov
  • Patent number: 8505182
    Abstract: A cover for concealing utility equipment on real property such as air conditioner condenser units, telephone and electric cabinets, and trash containers, has a modular, rigid and stiff skeletal frame and a filtration layer of fine mesh supported on the vertical faces of the skeletal frame. The cover includes artificial foliage in the form of sprigs that closely simulate the appearance of natural, leafed, shrubbery branches. The sprigs are affixed to substantially vertical rods positioned laterally across the face of the frame. The cover presents an aesthetically pleasing natural foliage appearance that substantially completely blocks the view of the concealed equipment. Lengths and angles between components of the cover and the number of components can be adjusted such that a single cover kit is alone or in combination with supplementary components adaptable to fit objects of different sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: James J. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 8507077
    Abstract: A camouflage system includes a layer of an adhesion promoter so paint will adhere to the surface of an article and a first layer of paint applied to the surface on top of the adhesion promoter. A second layer of paint of a different color is applied to a portion of the first layer of paint. The second layer of paint may be in the form of a design, symbol, brand, logo, mark, and/or name. A multi-color layer is then applied to the surface of the article over the layers of paint. The multi-color layer may be a camouflage ink pattern. A clear coat may be applied over the multi-color layer. The multi-color layer affects the visual appearance of the second layer of paint. The second layer of paint may be visible at one viewing angle and may be less visible or non-visible at a different viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Krow Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: James K. Bentley
  • Patent number: 8420206
    Abstract: A camouflage pattern or system which includes a simulated natural underwater environment or habitat having fish species therein is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Outdoor Identities, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Bernegger, Kurt Windus
  • Patent number: 8084078
    Abstract: A multi-spectral imaging process, comprising: selecting colors for presentation in a target visualization regime; determining correspondence of said colors in the target visualization regime to colors in a source visualization regime; and fabricating a product in the source visualization regime having a coloration that produces a predetermined visual presentation of the object in the target visualization regime. Such process can be utilized to fabricate articles having coloration including a blaze orange coloration in a source visualization regime involving a human observer and a camouflage pattern in a target visualization regime involving an animal observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jeff Burrell
  • Patent number: 8030228
    Abstract: A cover for camouflage against electromagnetic radiation. According to the invention, the cover includes a random set of puckered features in relief, these being formed by a camouflage net associated with a flexible dielectric mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: MBDA France
    Inventor: Edouard Flavin
  • Patent number: 8017217
    Abstract: A material of variable emissivity includes a first metallic layer having a first aperture, a second metallic layer having a second aperture, and a variable dielectric layer interposed between the first metallic layer and the second metallic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Gregoire, Deborah J. Kirby
  • Patent number: 7910504
    Abstract: A thermal camouflage material for use on a tank or other military vehicle in a desert environment includes an outer layer of knitted fiberglass alone or with polyester having an outer coating of PVC and carbon black, and an inner film of aluminum; and an inner layer defined by a three-dimensional decoupling fabric between the aluminum film on the outer layer. The decoupling fabric is formed of outer and inner polyester mesh films with polyaramid sandwiched therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen as represented by the Minister of National Defense of Her Majesty's Canadian Government
    Inventor: Jean Dumas
  • Patent number: 7832018
    Abstract: A camouflage suit for reducing the discoverability of persons in the visible and infrared spectrum, as for example the thermal infrared spectrum, exhibits a breath-active fabric exhibiting an open fabric structure based on a textile backing. The backing here exhibits a low-emitting surface. This can be achieved by at least partly sheathing or coating the textile backing with an electrically conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: SSZ Camouflage Technology AG
    Inventor: René Schwarz
  • Patent number: 7819151
    Abstract: A cover for concealing utility equipment on real property such as air conditioner condenser units, telephone and electric cabinets, and trash containers, has a modular, rigid and stiff skeletal frame and a shell of flexible openwork material. The shell includes artificial foliage such that the cover appearance closely simulates natural plants and is aesthetically compatible with the local environment. Lengths and angles between components of the cover and the number of components can be adjusted such that a single cover kit is alone or in combination with supplementary components adaptable to fit objects of different sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: James J. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 7775919
    Abstract: A camouflage system, comprising an article having a surface and a camouflage pattern covering a portion of the surface, is disclosed. The camouflage pattern may comprise a geometric shape section and an image section. The geometric shape section may comprise a plurality of geometric shape elements and a geometric shape section boundary. The image section may comprise an image element comprising a graphic image and an image section boundary. The image element may comprise a graphic image of a portion of a natural scene. An archery arrow system, comprising an archery arrow and a camouflage pattern on a portion of the archery arrow, is also disclosed. The camouflage pattern on the portion of the archery arrow may comprise a geometric shape section and an image section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Easton Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Oswald, Gary Cornum, Robert G. Corsetti
  • Patent number: 7572160
    Abstract: Methods and compositions which can reduce the disturbance to wild life caused when man attempts to interact with wild life and more particularly methods and compositions which can enhance the interaction of man with aquatic life with minimal disturbance to the aquatic life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher I. Halliday
  • Patent number: 7568492
    Abstract: A realistic appearing camouflage hunting blind that incorporates a photographic image of a hunting location. The visual appearance of the hunting blind mimics the actual environment so that from a distance, the hunting blind blends into the environment and is virtually undetectable. A photograph of an actual hunting location, like a Wisconsin forest, is taken and uploaded to a computer. The photograph is edited and printed onto substrate materials. The substrate materials are assembled to form a completed hunting blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Marc A. Helmer
  • Patent number: 7511631
    Abstract: The present disclosure is a method for modifying a color of a device. Method may include receiving a signal, identifying a color scheme of an immediate area, changing a color of a device to substantially conform to the immediate color scheme; and changing a color of the device to a substantial color other than the immediate color scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franklin C. Breslau, David B. Kumhyr, Ori Pomerantz
  • Patent number: 7478607
    Abstract: A camouflage material comprises a plurality of parallel strips of camouflage fabric attached side by side laterally across a substrate and extending longitudinally along the substrate. The strips have a plurality of longitudinally spaced edge strips extending laterally from side edges of a central portion. The edge strips have a flat body that extends outwardly from the central portion to an outer end. The edge strips are formed so that at lest some of the edge strips deflect outwardly and downwardly to give the fabric a three-dimensional contour. The three-dimensional effect is achieved by employing enlarged bulbous ends on some edge strips or by orienting the edge strips at an upward inclined angle, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventors: Jay M Bylsma, Paul E Takken
  • Patent number: 7476438
    Abstract: The invention provides a self-adherent wrap containing a camouflage pattern and/or an active agent, as well as methods of making and using such self-adherent wraps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Geoffrey H. Gorres
  • Patent number: 7415934
    Abstract: A process for producing a camouflage material having a three-dimensional surface contour comprises providing a plurality of parallel strips of thermoplastic camouflage material having irregular side edges and positioning the strips, preferably with overlapping edges, on an underlying substrate in a multiple head bonding machine, such as a quilting machine, that simultaneously bonds a number of strips of material to the substrate in parallel fashion. Prior to bonding the strips to the substrate, the strips are spaced apart from the substrate and freely suspended. While freely suspended, a series of hot gas pulses (typically hot air) are delivered at spaced, discreet locations along the longitudinal outer surface of the strips of camouflage fabric. The temperature and duration of the air pulses are such that the hot pulses form shallow, cup-shaped depressions in the camouflage fabric, causing the camouflage fabric to spring away from the plane of the substrate at intermittent intervals along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Paul E. Takken
  • Patent number: 7412918
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pre-packaged kit and a method for creating unique multi-toned custom patterns or camouflage on a surface, and in particular the surfaces of a firearm. The multi-toned custom patterns or camouflage are created by separating or peeling off pre-cut stencil/templates from sheet or roll stock adhesive backed masking material and applying the stencil/templates to a surface. The surface is subsequently sprayed with coatings, finishers and sealants. Additional layers of stencil/templates are then added and sprayed with various colors or tones of coatings, finishers and sealants to complete the desired effect on the firearm surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Steven M. Lauer
  • Patent number: 7390123
    Abstract: Designs for constructing a surface with variable emittance are described. This is achieved by making a surface where the emissivity varies on a scale smaller than the resolution of a thermal imager viewing the surface. One design utilizes many cylindrical surfaces with their axis parallel and their surfaces nearly in contact. Individual cylinders have the property that when rotated to zero degrees they show a surface with an emissivity of one and when rotated to 180 degrees display a surface with an emissivity of zero. At intermediate angles of rotation a sensor that could resolve individual cylinders would see alternate lines with high and low emittance but a sensor unable to resolve individual cylinders sees a surface with an emittance that depends on the angle the cylinders are rotated. Variable emittance surfaces are expected to be useful for controlling target signature and for making spectral reflectivity measurements using a hyper-spectral radiometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Melvin H. Friedman
  • Patent number: 7371442
    Abstract: An artificial foliage structure with wire cores embedded in its leafy parts causing these parts to “spring back” upon removal of compressive loading acting thereupon. These wire cores may be made of hard, springy steel such as piano wire or small diameter spring wire. Thicker, woody limbs and branches have embedded therein heavier wire cores that are sufficiently soft to be given a set solely by manually applied bending force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventor: David B. Pitman
  • Publication number: 20080095990
    Abstract: A camouflage coloring scheme is provided that includes a plurality of first images. Each of the plurality of first images represents an inanimate object or animate entity and comprising a first color. Each of the plurality of first images has substantially the same shape and size. The scheme comprises a plurality of second images, each of the second images representing an inanimate object or animate entity and comprising a second color. The second color is different from the first color, and wherein each of the plurality of second images has substantially the same shape and size. The first and second images comprise an affinity theme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: John Owen Boone, David Sidney Oakley
  • Patent number: 7345616
    Abstract: A radar-absorbing panel (9) includes a honeycomb core (11) and a lower skin (13), where the lower skin (13) is attached to the bottom of the honeycomb core (11). The honeycomb core (11) is made up of individual cells (15), which may be filled with aerogel. The individual cells (15) are approximately ½ of an inch in size with polygonal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Randy B. Williams
  • Patent number: 7244684
    Abstract: A thermal camouflage sheet for covering heat sources against identification in a thermal image, having a base textile with a glass filament, has a coating which contains aluminum powder on one side and has a coating which contains color pigments on the other side. The remission values of the color pigments are in a range which allows camouflaging in the visual-optical and near infrared. The coating which contains color pigments is in the form of a polyurethane coating or polyvinylidene fluoride coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Texplorer GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Hexels
  • Patent number: 7229680
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to unique flocked pile fabrics and methods for producing such fabrics. The fabrics provided according to one embodiment of the invention include an embossed pattern, characterized by a plurality of elongated depressions in the surface of the pile fabric, and a superimposed printed pattern, characterized by a scene or illustration including a plurality of visual features having elongated shapes. The inventive embossed, printed pile fabrics, having a superimposed embossed and printed pattern, advantageously superimpose the embossed pattern and the printed pattern upon the pile fabric so that the embossed pattern imparts a three-dimensional texture to the scene or illustration or pattern comprising the printed pattern. The texture provided by the embossed pattern can impart a visual effect to the scene or illustration which can render it more realistic than a similar scene or illustration printed upon a conventional unembossed pile fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Microfibres, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin R. Crompton
  • Patent number: 7225823
    Abstract: The invention is a collapsible portable enclosure which is provided with 3-dimensional elements around portions of its perimeter. Various patterns, including but not limited to, pattern simulating leaves of various types of foliage are cut into a strip of fabric which is secured to the perimeter of the structure. The 3-dimensional elements protrude from the perimeter of the enclosure, move with the prevailing winds, and simulate the appearance and movement of leaves or foliage in the same environment. The enclosure further includes elastic strips to facilitate attachment of actual foliage to the exterior of the enclosure to improve its camouflage characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventors: Robert M. Ransom, Scott D. Wehner, Ryan L. Kubica
  • Patent number: 7206131
    Abstract: The invention described herein represents a significant improvement for the concealment of objects and people. Thousands of light receiving segmented pixels and sending segmented pixels are affixed to the surface of the object to be concealed. Each receiving segmented pixel receives colored light from the background of the object. Each receiving segmented pixel has a lens such that the light incident upon it is segmented to form focal points along a focal curve (or plane) according to the light's incident trajectory. In a first embodiment, this incident light is channeled by fiber optics to the side of the object which is opposite to each respective incident light segment. The light which was incident on a first side of the object traveling at a series of respective trajectories is thus redirected and exits on at least one second side of the object according to its original incident trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Ray M. Alden
  • Patent number: 7189128
    Abstract: Methods and compositions which can reduce the disturbance to wild life caused when man attempts to interact with wild life and more particularly methods and compositions which can enhance the interaction of man with aquatic life with minimal disturbance to the aquatic life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Christopher I. Halliday
  • Patent number: 7148161
    Abstract: A thermal camouflage tarpaulin for hiding heat sources against detection in a thermal image, comprising a base textile composed of a loop-formingly knitted or woven glass fabric is provided on the side which is remote from the heat source with a compound whose reflectance values are in the region of a visual camouflage and/or in the infrared region. Said base textile is provided on that side which faces the heat source with a free-standing polyester film to which has been applied a vapor-deposited coating which reflects thermal radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Ploucquet Textiles Zittau GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Hellwig, Joerg Weber
  • Patent number: 7065793
    Abstract: A camouflaging apparatus includes a body covering for removably positioning on a body. The body covering has an outer surface and includes a pant and shirt combination for removably positioning over the legs. Each of a plurality of flexible panels has a length generally between 2 inches and 5 inches and a height generally between 2 inches and 5 inches. Each of the panels has a first side and a second side wherein each of the first sides is colored. A plurality of couplers removably attaches the panels to the outer surface of the body covering. Each of the panels may be selectively positioned on the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Don K. Wooten
  • Patent number: 7053012
    Abstract: A cover (200) for inhibiting corrosion of a metallic object over which the cover is placed. The cover has an inner surface (104) defined by a liquid-permeable layer (202) and an outer surface (102) defined by a liquid-impermeable layer (204). A moisture-absorbing layer (206) is sandwiched between the liquid-permeable layer and the liquid-impermeable layer. The liquid-permeable layer allows vapor and liquid moisture beneath the cover to be absorbed into the moisture-absorbing layer to reduce the amount of moisture beneath the cover. The liquid-impermeable layer repels environmental liquid moisture, such as rain, sea spray, dew and the like and prevents such moisture from penetrating the cover. A radar-influencing layer (308) and vapor corrosion inhibitors (214) may be included in the cover. A method of protecting an object is also disclosed. The method includes covering a metallic object with cover (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Creare Inc.
    Inventors: Nabil A. Elkouh, Bruce R. Pilvelait
  • Patent number: 7051839
    Abstract: A device for providing three dimensional camouflage to a hunter's ladder stand having a seat, footrest, side rails and a plurality of rungs. The device has a hollow plastic tube with a split and holes through which a plurality of stalks of artificial vegetation are inserted. The split is in the form a groove or has notches so that when the tube is attached to a rail of a ladder stand, the tube does not interfere with the rungs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Randall D. George
  • Patent number: 7040335
    Abstract: The invention is a scent containment system for hunting blinds. A hunting blind is provided with scent impervious walls and removable light transmissive scent impervious windows. The scent impervious windows are remarkable in that they are designed to be readily penetrable by a projectile such as an arrow or a bullet, and are of low cost and disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Ameristep, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Ransom
  • Patent number: 7040333
    Abstract: The invention is a portable, collapsible enclosure for protection from the elements in an outdoor environment. The tent-like enclosure is provided with one or more fabric coverings each bearing at least one color or camouflage pattern. The coverings are easily removable from the enclosure, and may be reversible, bearing one color or camouflage pattern on one side, and a different color or camouflage pattern on the reverse side. In this fashion, the same portable enclosure can be made to present a variety of appearances, depending on which covering is attached to the enclosure, and which side of the attached covering is exposed or outermost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Robert M. Ransom, Todd P. Weston, Ryan L. Kubica, Scott D. Wehner
  • Patent number: 7035308
    Abstract: Described herein is a method and system for providing a countermeasure against laser detection systems using nanocomponent material that is tailored to cloak or obscure a target from detection by transmitted laser radiation. The nanodot material absorbs and/or down-converts the transmitted laser radiation. Similarly, described herein is a method and system for providing a countermeasure against laser systems intended to blind a target through the use of a specifically engineered nanocomponent material for absorbing and/or down-converting the radiation from the laser system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Science Applications International Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Earl McNeil, Martin Joseph Fritts, Roy Reed Heddleston, Martin B. Mark
  • Patent number: 7008694
    Abstract: A modified synthetic polymer filament and multifilament yarn of polyamide or polyester filament containing a carbon black polymer additive, and fabrics from these yarns, are disclosed. These melt spun filaments are especially well-suited for use in garments and equipment where a modified Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) signature is desired. The yarn and fabrics made from this yarn may be advantageously dyed or printed to provide a camouflage fabric for use in desert sand dominated environments, urban environments and multi-terrain environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Invista North America S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Kevin A. Frankel
  • Patent number: 6991690
    Abstract: An improved camouflaged product and method of making such a product is disclosed. A multi-layered camouflage construction may comprise a first textile substrate and a second textile substrate secured to each other along parallel lines of stitching. The second textile substrate may be cut to form lobes oriented transversely to the lines of stitching to simulate the appearance of natural objects in the terrain, such as leaves or foliage. Thread which is capable of shrinking is used to attach textile substrates to each other, and then the thread is heated to shrink the thread into the stitch, forming a hardened seam with gathering and bunching of one or more substrates along the seam. Gathering of substrate along a seam contributes to the three-dimensional visual effect of the camouflage construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: John D. Strength, Robert G. Champion, James Robert Reynolds, Raymond H. Pettit, Jr., William L. McLeod, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6933023
    Abstract: In the present invention, there is provided a camouflage material having a camouflage pattern applied thereto and comprising a granitic aspect made of intermixed colored grains exhibiting the colors: light green having a dominant wavelength of 566.70 nm; a luminance factor of 13.10% and a saturation factor of 44.70%; brown having a dominant wavelength of 583.0 nm; a luminance factor of 9.30%, and a saturation factor of 31.60%; average green having a dominant wavelength of 569.36 nm; a luminance factor of 5.24%, and a saturation factor of 38.50%; and black having a dominant wavelength of 582.34 nm; a luminance factor of 2.68%, and a saturation factor of 4.01%. The granitic aspect is composed of about 21% colored grains exhibiting the color light green; about 6% colored grains exhibiting the color brown; about 48% colored grains exhibiting the color average green, and about 25% colored grains exhibiting the color black.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Svend Clausen, Gert Hvedstrup Jensen, Torben Kaj Winther
  • Patent number: 6927724
    Abstract: Adaptive modification of surface properties such as color, temperature and reflective properties by adjustably varying the temperature of a surface perceived by an observer, utilizing Peltier devices at the surface for temperature adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Alvin A. Snaper
  • Patent number: 6912440
    Abstract: A camouflage utilizing countercoloring, countershading, and disruptive coloration principles to provide concealment to a person or object. The method of manufacturing the camouflage covering includes photographing a form and obtaining imagery from the photographs. The imagery is then manipulated by photographic manipulative software to determine appropriate countershading for the camouflage covering. In addition, appropriate countercoloring and disruptive coloration is utilized upon indicia applied to the camouflage covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Kurt Tooley
  • Patent number: 6909395
    Abstract: A method for preventing the discovery of military aircraft and missiles by enemy and infrared detectors. The method involves applying a coating of a ferrite containing glass composition to the surfaces of those metal or ceramic substrates that are susceptible to detection through their radar or infrared signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventor: Harry W. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 6811835
    Abstract: A camouflage pattern for use on clothing and other articles for concealing a hunter or outdoorsman in a wilderness area where there are rocks and boulders with lichen formations growing on them. This camouflage pattern would be useful for outdoorsmen, photographers, and hunters that hide behind or amongst rocks, perch on top of boulders or conduct their activities in areas where lichen covered rocks are found. The pattern is comprised of a background of gray, slate or black. This background can be either of a uniform shade of black, slate or gray, or of a variety of different shades, and is overlaid by a foreground pattern of lichen formations of growths. The lichen patterns are comprised of repeating or random arrangements of circular oval, ring or doughnut shaped lichen growths being of one or more varying shades of green, gray, blue, white, and black.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Michael I. Parietti
  • Publication number: 20040213982
    Abstract: The invention describes novel approaches for dynamic active camouflage that may be used as personal apparel as well as shell for static installations, and mobile units. This includes, but is not limited to, air units, ground units, marine units, and submersible units. Technology disclosed in this invention allows significant reduction of weight, energy consumption, and cost. It also provides significant decrease in complexity and increase in reliability. Technology also allows true blending with ambient background that is not achievable in prior art inventions and technologies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Igor V. Touzov
  • Patent number: 6805957
    Abstract: A disruptive camouflage pattern system to be used for both military and civilian applications. The system includes specialized techniques for printing the camouflage pattern system unto fabric. The system provides camouflage in both the human visible light and the near infrared range. The system depends on macro pattern resulting from a repeat of a micro pattern. The coloring used includes at least four colorings from dyes that in combination produce a percent reflectance value comparable to that of the negative space of the camouflaged subject's surroundings. The system functions by a macro pattern being disruptive of the subject's shape and a micro pattern having sharp edge units of a size capable of blending the subject into its background. The relative lightness values and percentages of total pattern, wet or dry, are sufficient to produce a percent reflectance of acceptable colors, in terms of lightness values unlike current four-color camouflage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Luisa DeMorais Santos, Deirdre E. Townes, Gabriel R. Patricio, Carole Ann Winterhalter, Anabela Dugas, Timothy R. O'Neill, Rosemary Ann Lomba, Barbara J. Quinn
  • Patent number: RE39490
    Abstract: A security device having multiple security features is used with an item, such as a secure document, ticket, label or tag, to authenticate the item and/or encode data pertaining to the item. One example of the security device includes a carrier substrate, a metallic layer disposed on the carrier substrate, and a magnetic layer disposed on the metallic layer in substantial registration with at least a portion of the metallic layer, thereby providing both metallic security features and magnetic security features. The metallic layer and the magnetic layer also form graphic or visually identifiable indicia on the carrier substrate to provide a visual security feature. According to one method, the metallic layer is applied to the carrier substrate, the magnetic layer is applied to the metallic layer, and the layers are etched to form the graphic indicia. The magnetic layer can, in one embodiment, include a magnetic chemical resist that is printed on the metallic layer in the form of the graphic indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Technical Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Cote, Stephen B. Curdo, Gerald J. Gartner, Gary R. Wolpert