New Cloaking Technology Offers Hope for Invisible Objects

New Cloaking Technology Offers Hope for Invisible Objects

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We may not yet have true invisible armor, but two new breakthroughs in the study of cloaking devices offer hope that such technology is coming sooner than previously imagined.

Two research teams, one based at the University of California, Berkeley, and one based at Cornell, have revealed distinct methods through which materials can be rendered transparent, National Geographic reports.

The technology developed by the Berkeley team relies on punching scores of microscopic holes in a material. These holes alter the way light functions on contact with the substance, forcing the normally reflected light to instead bend around the object.

The Cornell team however, produced a similar effect by covering a material with many "tiny pillars," effectively rendering the object invisible.

The catch is that so far both technologies only work in near-infrared light. These methods won't yet offer Predator-esque invisibility, but the two research teams hope that with funding and more development time, their methods can be made to function in the visible spectrum.

Scaling the technology up for something larger than the microscopic test objects the teams are currently using as a proof of concept will also prove difficult. Given the number of holes the Berkeley team had to drill into its material, replicating a similar process for something even as small as a BB pellet would prove time-consuming and wildly expensive.

That said, you can almost hear military strategists chomping at the bit to get their hands on something like this. If the only thing more terrifying than robotic death machines is jumping robotic death machines, then the only thing more terrifying than jumping robotic death machines must be invisible jumping robotic death machines.

Not even copious esoteric Lolita references could save you from that kind of mechanized horror.

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I think there was already a thread about this a while back.

Anyway, sort of scary.

Incredible!

Omg! They could be in my room right now!

Umm... Yeah, that seems a bit expensive. We aren't going to have anything like that manufactured, even for the army, any time soon.

Well I can still see it....

Actually, a researcher turned a raincoat transparent using a similar system to the one that made James Bond's car invisible in Die Another Day.

So these guys saved Otacon over Meryll?

I still say Metamaterials is the way to go for rendering things fully invisible. That, or a sombody-else's-problem field.

Well I went back to the lab and the other four stealth units were missing...

"Somebody call for an exterminator?"

it wouldnt surprise me if they will develop some kind of "Lockdown" technology soon

so what your saying is cloaking can make things invisible?!?! lol :P

Indigo_Dingo:
So these guys saved Otacon over Meryll?

I still say Metamaterials is the way to go for rendering things fully invisible. That, or a sombody-else's-problem field.

Like, the University of California's problem.
That was easy.

This can only go wrong.

This won't help when the zombie apocalypse comes. I hear they can smell you.

Also what about heat scopes and things ? But either way, it's still a really cool piece of technology.

Isn't that how cloaking devices worked in Star Trek? By bending the light around the object?

They would develop this technology once I'm finished school... Imagine the fun of using them on a teacher...

Until they make something like Predator's armor, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If they do it, I'll steal one and use it to commit crime.

Awesome, It'd be amazing to see invisibility work and to see it as something other than sci-fi tech.

wait punching holes.... that would hurt to turn a human invisible wouldnt it, then again I coulda just read it wrong (microscopic holes I mean thats like billions upon billions of needles not visible ot the naked eye)

Volucer:
Isn't that how cloaking devices worked in Star Trek? By bending the light around the object?

Thats how all cloaking devices work

Indigo_Dingo:

Volucer:
Isn't that how cloaking devices worked in Star Trek? By bending the light around the object?

Thats how all cloaking devices work

Not the ones in the poor Die Another Day. That worked by having cameras and screens, so it projected what was on the other side.

Sweet :D
I don't know what else to say other then the fact that this is freaking awesome! :D

madbird-valiant:
I think there was already a thread about this a while back.

Anyway, sort of scary.

dude, you don't question the news forums credibility, never.....wowowwwooowoooo... *insert scary sounds here*

Hang on... making loads of holes in really really small objects? I know it's easliy confused, but surely that's just destroying an object rather than making it invisible! o_O

Science scares me.
Although I will be using one of these suits to:

a) Avoid zombies.
b) Fight crime.
c) Win the World Hide 'n Seek Championship

Also, I will be using my powers of invisibility to look at breasts. Lots of breasts.

Volucer:

Indigo_Dingo:

Volucer:
Isn't that how cloaking devices worked in Star Trek? By bending the light around the object?

Thats how all cloaking devices work

Not the ones in the poor Die Another Day. That worked by having cameras and screens, so it projected what was on the other side.

Well, yeah, but that was retarded.

OMG they could be staring at me right now

"I wonder what they think about my penis"

A better question would be

"Why am I naked?"

now we test it

in spaaaaaace

 

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