Company Develops Camouflage That Can Conceal Humans and Even Entire Buildings23.10.2019
A Canadian-company has succeeded in developing a translucent sheet which bends the light in such a way that renders any object sitting underneath it invisible.
The Canadian company Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. manufactures camouflaged battle dress for the military. Their latest invention, the Quantum Stealth Invisibility Cloak, is another step toward perfect concealment.
The cloak is capable of bending light using a special material composed of lenticular lenses, widely used in postcards and children’s books to create an impression of three-dimensionality from flat, two-dimensional pictures. First developed in 1903, the lenses have since function under the name Parallax-Stereogram. Guy Cramer, the CEO of Hyperstealth, readily agrees that this new invention is powered by the same principle of optics that makes a straw look bent in a glass of water even though it is actually completely straight.
The paper sheet-thin cloak was already tested as a method of concealing soldiers, military vehicles, fighter jets, surface ships and submarines, even entire buildings. When cloaked, none of these objects was visible in either infrared or ultraviolet. Additionally, the cloaking technology doesn’t need electricity to function.
Alongside their Invisibility Cloak, the company announced a slew of other patented inventions, including Display System—a reality simulation system somewhat resembling the Holodeck of Star Trek fame. No additional information as to the whether any of the inventions would be slated for public release has been made available.
Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. is not the only organization intending on making the sci-fi vision of utter invisibility a tangible reality. In 2016, the British Army field-tested a similar invention called Vatec—developed by engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois. Vatec was capable of replicating the image of the surrounding landscape on a selected surface, mimicking the mountainous terrain, for example, and cloaking the object from potential enemy units.
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