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Creating camouflage that can change colour

19 September 2015

Bristol based Folium Optics has developed technology for adaptive camouflage – camouflage that can change its colour to better match the background.

Proof-of-concept research funding from the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) allowed Folium Optics to demonstrate systems that can switch between any of the colours that are normally used in camouflage.

In the future, a total system using this adaptive camouflage could be used on a vehicle to allow its crew to switch between different camouflage patterns depending upon the type of terrain in which they are operating.

Folium Optics uses plastic as the core technology of its adaptive camouflage, which means it’s robust, thin and can be any shape - even curved. The displays used in the technology are very efficient, have very low power consumption and work well, even in bright sunlight.

"Funding and support from CDE has allowed us to engage for the first time in the defence sector," says Folium Optics' managing director, Dr Stephen Kitson. "It’s enabled us to significantly advance the state of the art and to rapidly explore the opportunities in this sector."

Folium Optics was founded in November 2013 to develop novel plastic display technologies. Based in Bristol, the company currently has seven employees.

Folium Optics showed its technology at the recent DSEI 2015 exhibition. At DSEI 2015, ten SMEs who have gained success through CDE funding competitions presented their work in 5-minute pitches. You can read their individual case studies here.

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