Camouflage is a science. It encompasses vision, sound, smell, movement, vibrations and EF waves.
These have all been taken into account when developing our products, particularly our visual camouflage, anti-microbial fibers for zero odor and materials used to reduce sound, right the way down to quieter zippers and clasps.
Effective visual camouflage renders a target indistinguishable from irrelevant background objects. Most technologies available attempt to disguise the body shape and match the color palette and patterns of the environment.
At FORLOH we have a more scientific approach. We have studied and subsequently developed our camouflage to a higher level of scientific research – based on an animal’s visual processing model.
At FORLOH we focus on two interrelated; but logically distinct mechanisms of effective camouflage. CRYPSIS & DISRUPTIVE COLORATION. These are the foundation of anti-predator defences.
Crypsis - background pattern and color palette matching, to prevent object recognition.
Disruptive coloration – bold contrasting colors to disguise form and shape.
To fully understand how effective these are however, our research started with how an animal’s visual system receives signals. In short, an animal goes through the following process in a matter of seconds. It is in these few seconds where FORLOH’s visual camouflage excels.
Stimuli – the animal will normally detect movement as a primary stimuli.
Image acquisition – the animal will concentrate their vision at that stimuli, analysing the visual information.
Image calibration – the animal will make a series of decisions based on coloration and object recognition. Specifically looking for natural (eyes) & non-natural stimuli (straight lines like zippers or block color knee pads) on the target.
Edge Detection – the animal will then combine:
Spatial scales of the target (is this the size of a predator? Are its patterns a natural scale?)
Spatial coincidence of the target (is this the shape of a predator?) – specifically looking at the edge of the target.
Decision – flee or not.
All of this happens in a matter of seconds. It is these crucial seconds of decision making that FORLOH R&D team have focussed on.
Our camouflage patterns work with this decision making process in mind, to visually make our hunters indistinguishable at varying distances, in varying conditions. Especially in those few seconds of decision making by the prey.