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Cloaking Using Electro-Optical Camouflage
Patent No. 5,307,162 issued 26 April 1994
Patent Renewed in 2005

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United States Patent 5,307,162, Schowengerdt, Apr. 26, 1994
Cloaking system using optoelectronically controlled camouflage Inventors: Schowengerdt; Richard N. (3145 Kerry La., Costa Mesa, CA 92626). Appl. No.: 977,192 – Filed: Nov. 16, 1992
Related U.S. Application Data – Continuation-in-part of Ser No. 682,945, Apr. 10, 1991, abandoned.
Intl. Cl.: H04N 7/18 – U.S. Cl.: 348/122; 472/61; 348/586
Current U.S. Class: 348/122
Field of Search: 358/93, 108, 225, 230, 87; 472/57, 61, 65, 71, 75, 77, 81;
References Cited | [Referenced By:] – U.S. Patent Documents 2,591,068 Apr., 1952.
Hilchey 272/17 – 2,797,612 Jul., 1957
Holmes 272/10 – 3,352,965 Nov., 1967
Driver et al. 358/93 X – 4,962,420 Oct., 1990
Judenich 272/11 X
Primary Examiner: Kostak; Victor R.
The Cloaking System is designed to operate in the visible light spectrum, utilizes optoelectronics and/or photonic components to conceal an object within it, and employs analog or digital control feedback resulting in camouflage adaptable to a changing background. The system effectively conceals either a still or moving object from view by the interposing of a shield between an observer and the object and recreating a full color synthetic image of the background on the shield for viewing by observer, thus creating the illusion of transparency of both the object and the Cloaking System. This system consists of four major elements: a sensor; a signal processor; a shield; and a means of interconnecting, supporting, and safely enclosing the aforementioned elements along with the concealed object.
10 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures