Adaptive camouflage to remove objects from the rear view mirror

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have created a prototype of a system that uses optical camouflage technology to render the backseat of a car transparent to the driver. The idea is to give the user a direct view of objects behind the vehicle rather than the indirect view given by rear view mirrors and current camera technologies. It uses a half mirror with a recursive reflective coating to create the illusion.

According to Professor Masahiko Inami, who invented the system, the chief advantage over digital rear view mirrors is that it gives a true sense of depth.

The current system only works for the back seat, but the eventual goal is for the solution to provide an uninterrupted 360-view of the car’s surroundings. Watch the video from Diginfo.TV for a full picture of the system.