crafting urban camouflage: DIS2012

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One key reoccurring theme for the workshop was the analogy of dazzle camouflage. It demonstrates that often, to increase invisibility to one form of sensing, we must become more visible in another. In the case of dazzle, these ships were brightly coloured and highly conspicuous in the docks, but difficult to track and identify at sea.

Similarly many of the invisibility suits crafted during the day targeted a particular computer vision approach, at the cost of drawing attention socially, or to a different tracking system. Some of the strategies explored included extra legs, retroreflective masks, balloon growths, parcel paper veils, dazzle personal projectors, low resolution human decoys and camera signal spoofing or jamming.

An interesting point raised during the discussion was whether by attempting to fool, or defeat, computer tracking devices, the designers of such systems will respond by developing increasingly sophisticated systems and that a better defense might be to simply ignore the current array of CCTV and tracking systems because this will slow down their development trajectory.

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