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Material makes items invisible to the touch


Posted on Thursday, 26 June, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

The new material has unique touch-dampening properties. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 D. Sharon Pruitt
An amazing new nano-material is able to render any object hidden beneath it undetectable.
Even the thinnest layer of this remarkable polymer seems to be effective at stopping someone from being able to feel what's there either with their fingers or with a force measuring device.

Developed by scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, the material is built from thousands of needle-shaped cones that allow it to adapt and absorb the shape of anything hidden beneath it.

"It is like in Hans-Christian Andersen's fairy tale about the princess and the pea," said project scientist Tiemo Bückmann. "The princess feels the pea in spite of the mattresses. When using our new material, however, one mattress would be sufficient for the princess to sleep well."

The material was originally developed for experimental purposes but the team is hopeful that it will go on to serve in a variety of practical applications within the next few years.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (19)

Tags: Touch, Invisible


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by JGirl on 26 June, 2014, 19:38
i've found (sadly) that beer, mixed with poor disco lighting has the same effect.... *sob* best post award right here
Comment icon #11 Posted by iWitness on 26 June, 2014, 19:42
I read the article, not sure how I should FEEL about this discovery.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ROGER on 26 June, 2014, 20:38
Hiding object's from blind people ? Seem's a bit cruel !
Comment icon #13 Posted by shrooma on 26 June, 2014, 21:21
Hiding object's from blind people ? Seem's a bit cruel ! . unless it's superglue Roger...! :-)
Comment icon #14 Posted by jawjalou on 26 June, 2014, 21:29
Invisible to the touch? That doesnt make any sense. LOL.
Comment icon #15 Posted by The Wings of an Angel on 26 June, 2014, 22:26
Wait... How it is "invisible to the touch?" What the heck?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Realm on 27 June, 2014, 2:45
So in other words, I could drape this over a piano and couldn't feel the piano. J/K
Comment icon #17 Posted by Paranomaly on 27 June, 2014, 3:36
I touched something invisible and it left a clear mark on my hand. ; )
Comment icon #18 Posted by paperdyer on 27 June, 2014, 15:18
i think this is a very cool albeit slightly creepy idea i can imagine its usefullness in many applications Yeah, like hiding objects to elude a pat-down search.
Comment icon #19 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 13:26
Lol this material plus the Vantablack material equals the best sfx for a Ghost movie hahaha


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