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January 15, 2011

BAE Systems to use E-ink for invisible tanks

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by Darren Allan

E-ink isn’t just something which can be used for the displays of e-readers such as the Kindle and bedfellows.

In fact, scientists with BAE Systems are proposing to use it in a very novel manner – on the battlefield, with the British Army’s tanks.

The idea is to clad the tank’s body with E-ink, which is used in conjunction with cameras. The cameras will capture the scenery on one side of the vehicle, which will then be displayed via the E-ink surface on the opposite side.

The result should be a tank which blends in with the background scenery, making it largely invisible, or that’s the theory. The image would be updated constantly to keep blending in with the scenery. Clever stuff.

This concept is still very much in the early stages, and there are certainly issues which need to be ironed out, in terms of exactly how the e-camouflage would be mounted, particularly on the front of the tank.

According to an article in the Telegraph, a prototype vehicle is expected to be developed by 2015.

Of course, we already have invisible planes in the armed forces – the ones on board the new aircraft carriers.

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  1. just like the james bond movie… had the same concept on a car!! :)

    Comment by pedro — January 15, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

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