Invisible Cloaks

Can you see me?

Fullerton-based inventor Raz “Dr. Z” Zeineh, owner of Advanced American Enterprises, has designed what he calls a stealth poncho to keep troops hidden from night vision goggles. (Pics)The invisible cloaks caught the eye of The Economist magazine, which has given the small, unknown company a shot at a contract with the military and other defense groups. The Pentagon initially rejected his pitch. But he insisted that the chemical he applies to fabric succeeds in making it appear black under night vision goggles, when it normally would appear white. John Roos, a retired Army colonel in Newport News, Va., told the Economist that while others have produced similar products, Zeineh’s was the best camouflage against night vision he’d seen. Since the article, Zeineh says Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton has shown interest in his invention, as have other groups. Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics Corp. paid Zeineh $5,000 to test it.

Invisible Cloaks

 

Invisible Cloaks

 

Invisible Cloaks

 

Invisible Cloaks

 

 

Invisible Cloaks

 

Invisible Cloaks

 

Invisible Cloaks

 

Invisible Cloaks

Another contractor, who he wouldn’t disclose, paid $50,000. But since many of the country’s wartime enemies don’t use night vision technology, contracts to produce the ponchos in mass are harder to come by. At a price of $385 apiece, the stealth ponchos are made custom for individual buyers. But Zeineh says he’s ready to produce thousands a day with a contract. Zeineh also is modifying the technology to drape over boats and vehicles or to use in the daytime.

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