Originally Posted by rasa123
I imagine that this kind of camouflage technology would be really useful if a tank was acting as a kind of highly mobile short range artillery, but in any other capacity it'll be almost less than useless. If the tank is moving, there is going to be a nice dust cloud following it and tracks are going to magically appear in the sand that the enemy will be able to see. If the bad guys has weapons with thermal imaging sights, that tank is hosed regardless of the camo it's using. Still pretty cool tech, though.
This is very cool.
Keep in mind, this is only the first version. Imagine the not too distant future... nanites instantly attach themselves to the dust particles and camouflage them as well as filling tracks as the tank moves.
Thermal imaging will be of no use as nanites mimic exact temperatures of the surrounding environment on all areas of the tank.
Hearing what little noise comes from it will be impossible, as specialized sound dampening nanites surround the tank and keep any sound from being emitted as a result of it's movement.