Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Following up on the pixelated camo thing...

In 2010 I asked why camouflage is pixelated. ("Why is camouflage moving backwards, becoming lower-res?") It turns out the whole pixelated camo thing was a massive mistake:
Whereas pixillation is usually very successful at obscuring images otherwise unfit to be seen, the US Army is $5billion in the hole, with its pixellated camo uniform (introduced in 2004) being dubbed a colossal mistake. 
The Daily reports that soldiers have "roundly criticized the gray-green uniform for standing out almost everywhere it's been worn." 
"Essentially, the Army designed a universal uniform that universally failed in every environment," an Army specialist who served two tours in Iraq told The Daily. 
Now, Army researchers and textile technologists are working feverishly to design a new, less conspicuous camo pattern.
Incidentally, Jeff Eaton called bullshit on 8-bit camouflage two years ago in a comment:
"In theory, it is a far more effective camouflage than standard uniform patterns because it mimics the dappled textures and rough boundaries found in natural settings."

Personally, I don't buy it. I can understand wanting to exploit a dappled effect, but the isolated pixels are just way too square to be natural. They always stand out loud to me. Why can't they do micro-blobs?
Another link of interest: Are you reading Timothy Moore's blog? You should be! It's called Read My Blog Please. I love this post on "The Friendship Zones":
Friend Friend Zone  
A friend friend is a friend that you see at least three times a week! You text each other like five times a day and you guys always are the first to comment on each other's Facebook statuses. Your inside jokes are so inside that you forgot where they started from - people are jealous of you because you two seem to have your own language! Everything here is wonderful! 
To get out of this zone: Why would you want to get out of this zone? I'll tell you why! Because it's a sham! Because you still haven't seen the bad sides of each other yet! You haven't even gotten into a fight yet or seen each other upset! You're not even calling each other when you have a bad day because you don't want them to think you're weird! SO, when you are friend friends for about, say, three months, manufacture a crisis and see how they react! Will they comfort you? Will they check up on you? Will they wake up at two in the morning after your frantic call and meet you in an empty part of the city and take you home without asking questions? If so, you have successfully left the friend friend zone! 
"Ha ha ha ha ha ha." - Me.

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