Scientists have created a working cloaking device that not only takes advantage of one of nature’s most bizarre phenomenon, but also boasts unique features; it has an ‘on and off’ switch and is best used underwater.
The researchers, from the University of Texas at Dallas have demonstrated the device’s ability to make objects disappear in a fascinating video shown here:
This novel design, presented today in IOP Publishing’s journal Nanotechnology, makes use of sheets of carbon nanotubes (CNT) – one-molecule-thick sheets of carbon wrapped up into cylindrical tubes. Read more at physorg.com
The paper is available to download here – http://iopscience.iop.org/0957-4484/22/43/435704
Other similar phenomena
Aliens ( cloaked UFO )
This video shows how a Pleiadian spacecraft uses the effect to be withdrawing from view. Keep in mind, this is filmed (8mm film) way before the time people ever thought of HD..
U.S. Army ( Invisible soldier )
A video released by Iraqi insurgents capture a U.S. Soldier ( minute 2.05 ) who appears out of thin air!
and Japanese Researchers..
The technology comes from 2003, but it’s developers say the Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak is just the beginning.
The team, led by Dr. Susumu Tachi, from Keio University, is now adapting their findings to help pilots, drivers, doctors and others. Retro-reflective projection technology uses a computer, a video camera and projector to shine background images onto the front of a subject wearing specialised clothing, creating the illusion of invisibility.
What makes the technology unique is a fabric made of glass beads only 50 microns wide, which can reflect light directly back at the source, much like the screen in a cinema. Viewed from near the light source, the projection is bright even in broad daylight, and researchers say the material can be applied to almost anything.
In the short term, the team sees usage in car interiors, airplanes and helicopters. They say blind spots could be eliminated and accidents and hard landings avoided by making walls seemingly transparent. The eventual goal though is to create an “augmented reality” that allows anyone to easily see information on real world objects.
Dr. Susumu Tachi, Keio University: “Looking to the future, instead of glasses, people could wear this and it would act as a navigation system. It could also tell you who someone is, if you meet them around town.” In the few years since the technology’s invention, the price of the material, as well as that of computing, has come down, opening the door for smaller yet more powerful applications.
Whether used to increase safety or to create a whole new form of computer-human interaction, the world is likely to see, or possibly not see, more of this technology in the future.
and a tank…
The company behind a new so-called ‘invisibility cloak’ says it will help protect tanks from heat-seeking missiles.