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A method for generating unique and abstact patterns and images

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014509D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Dec-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Unique, quasi-random patterns can be spontaneously generated in a variety of film samples during growth and/or processing. Images of these patterns have applications in fine arts, industrial design (wallpaper, fabrics, etc.), trademarks (as background logos), watermarks, signature arts, and encryption. Key advantages of images formed by such methods are that (i) the existence of the thin film sample provides proof of originality, i.e., that the image was not derived from an image owned by someone else, and (ii) a given sample or sample type can provide a family of visually related images that are recognizably different yet thematically related. The disclosed method for forming patterned images for the above-mentioned applications comprises the steps of: preparing a thin film sample having a quasi-random, spontaneously generated pattern identifying one or more sample areas to be imaged collecting the images.