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Toyota Just Patented a “Cloaking Device”

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From cloaking devices that conceal spaceships, to Harry Potter’s hand-me-down disappearing blanket, or even the One Ring and its power to conceal its wearer, invisibility is a staple in science fiction and fiction in general. Scientists have been hard at work, however, to bring such a technology into reality. Joining the research and development of cloaking technology is Japanese car manufacturer Toyota.

https://futurism.com/toyota-just-patented-a-cloaking-device/

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Must be some structural or cost reason that some form of ultra-strong clear plastic or such can't be used, eh?

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The headline is a bit sensationalist, but I think the idea is a great one, making the cars 'A' Posts appear transparent by bending light around them would be very cool, probably cheaper to us a camera and a LED screen tho

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It would be cheaper but cameras and screens are passe'..screens take up space ect. I do agree its a great idea and especially used in such an unexpected way..cool stuff

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The best thing about eliminating that blind spot is being able to see motorcycles. I am sure a lot of motorcycle accidents occur because of that and other blind spots on vehicles. Hope this comes to fruition.

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On 8/23/2017 at 6:07 PM, pallidin said:

Must be some structural or cost reason that some form of ultra-strong clear plastic or such can't be used, eh?

Do you know of such a plastic?...how would you hide the engine and people and fuel and brake fluid?

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I'm sure BAe were experimenting with this kind of tech.

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Doh' should have read the article first instead of making assumptions!

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Lame. Alfa Romeo had that in the 80s already. The cars vanished by corrosion.

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This could be a very good thing.  There is one huge blind spot at the frame for the windshield in my Sienna.  I'm surprised how large of an item can hide there.

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Why not just build these already?

 

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It works. I often walk past Toyota's and don't even realise they are there...

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Makes crossing the street a bit of a gamble

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