This kind of technology can be used in the military for camouflage in a war zone.
The team is in the hope to fine tune the device to mimic the complex camouflage of the octopus.
So if you want to hide from predators and find prey, you'll be happy that your ancestors developed something called natural camouflage.
Camouflage is the adaptation that allows an animal to blend in with the environment around it.
Here are the results of these influences--four common ways camouflage functions in animals:
While many species have displayed camouflage over millions of years, scientists are still puzzling to figure out this complex process of concealment.
Some animals camouflage themselves by disguise (resembling natural surroundings).
A zebra's brown-and-white stripes are another form of camouflage, called disruptive coloration.
And, today's camouflage market can be just about as hard to define.
Camouflage has certainly come a long way since the simple blotched patterns of WWII.