US4CES™ – Digital Dominance
The ADS Submission for the U.S. Army Family of Camouflage Program
US4CES™ Family of Camouflage
The ADS Submission for the U.S. Army Family of Camouflage Program.
Why Digital Camo?
Digital patterns outperform analog, non-pixelated, shapes because they are superior at re-creating natural fractals – the geometric shapes found in nature that the brain interprets as background noise. Digital patterns also generate advanced micro and macro-patterns, providing the optimum breakup of the human form at multiple distances, in multiple environments.
ADS and partner Guy Cramer Are Participating in the development of a new family of camouflage patterns for the U.S. Army that are effective across A myriad of environments.
Designed specifically for the Army Camouflage Improvement Effort, US4CES Digital Textured Patterns feature the latest advances in Camouflage research for reduced signature and enhanced survivability.
The Army’s Family of Camouflage Program requirement is to identify a family of patterns with a common geometry and specialized colors for each key environment – Woodland, Arid, and Transitional (between Woodland and Desert). The Army is also exploring a fourth pattern for Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to integrate with the three core patterns.
Managed by PEO Soldier, the current effort entered Phase IV in January, 2012, and four submissions were downselected for participation including US4CES. This phase consists of a rigorous technical evaluation backed by solid scientific analysis and critical Soldier input from the field. Testing and evaluation has been completed and a winning pattern is expected to be announced late in 2013.
The U.S. Army has concluded that a single (universal) camouflage color scheme for all environments is too much of a compromise and ineffective. The need for specific color schemes for key environments is critical to provide more effective camouflage and increase survivability.
Why Digital Camo?
Digital patterns outperform analog, non-pixelated, shapes because they are superior at re-creating natural fractals. Fractals are geometric shapes found in nature that the brain interprets as background noise. Digital patterns also generate advanced micro and macro-patterns, providing the optimum breakup of the human form at multiple distances, in multiple environments.
Intrinsic to the technology behind US4CES is the proprietary fractal algorithm. Developing camouflage without fractals leaves a critical component out of the design process. The brain interprets fractals as background noise and typically ignores the pattern as common to the environment and not worth further scrutiny. This can provide a Soldier wearing the camouflage a few extra precious seconds of time in concealment or to react to an adversary.
Macro & Micro Patterns
Both the lightest and darkest areas in the US4CES pattern use an extremely effective large pixel macro-pattern format. This macro-pattern also has a smaller fractal micro-pattern of its own around the borders of the large squares.
Proprietary algorithms were used to create a boundary luminance gradient between colors, creating an illusion of 3-dimensional layering, while limiting the design to four colors. This added feature creates the illusion of depth, which the brain interprets not as a solid flat surface but rather as a textured multi-layer surface, tricking the brain into regarding the material as part of the natural environment.
Predominant environmental colors make up the US4CES patterns. Woodland features olive drab and light brown. Transitional features olive and golden tan. Arid features khaki and coyote. The predominant colors contrast with darker colors to break up the pattern. A smaller percentage of the color spectrum is used for lighter shades which is perceived as natural reflections, or gaps, in the pattern while the darkest shades are perceived as shadows or holes.
& Masking Movement
The macro-pattern is designed to disrupt the human shape as well as to mask movement. Key points within the pattern disrupt the pivot points of the limbs and torso making detection and identification very difficult.
US4CES Was designed specifically for the U.S. Army Family of Camouflage Program. These Digital Textured Patterns feature the latest advances in camouflage research for reduced signature and enhanced survivability.
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