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 hex wrenches on a bookshelf, so they're… » 4/01/14 10:20am 4/01/14 10:20am

Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US 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. » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm

The History of Invisibility and the Future of Camouflage

In 2004, the U.S. 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:… » 1/27/14 1:02pm 1/27/14 1:02pm

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… » 1/03/14 12:00pm 1/03/14 12:00pm

Magic Color-Changing Camo Blends In No Matter The Season

Camouflage only works when it's got the same color and pattern as your surroundings. When the foliage takes on a different hue, you don't want to be caught wearing last season's color. This magical new camouflage solves that problem with temperature-sensitive dyes to keep your sporting wear fashionable year-round. » 12/14/13 7:00pm 12/14/13 7:00pm

6 Buildings That Are Hiding in Plain Sight

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. » 10/30/13 9:20am 10/30/13 9:20am

These Soldiers Don't Need Invisibility Technology

Watch very closely as the camera pans around this landscape and try to locate the horde of soldiers—twenty? thirty?—hiding in plain sight. Apparently, some people in the military need no stinking magic cloaking technology to become invisible. [Thanks Karl!] » 2/06/11 1:00am 2/06/11 1:00am