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Invisibility cloak created in 3-D


Posted on Friday, 19 March, 2010 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have produced the first device able to render an object invisible in three dimensions.

The device was able to hide an object from detection using light similar in wavelength to that which is visible to humans, previous such devices had only been able to hide an object if it was being viewed from one specific angle.

"This is a very early but significant step towards true invisibility cloaks."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by trancelikestate on 19 March, 2010, 16:41
As cool as the technology is, I can't see any good coming from this
Comment icon #10 Posted by ZixXxy on 19 March, 2010, 18:07
Now we can be all Ninjas!
Comment icon #11 Posted by kurethmu on 19 March, 2010, 18:22
Sorry to break it to these scientists, but Predator has had one of these for like 3 years.
Comment icon #12 Posted by BlackRedLittleDevil on 20 March, 2010, 1:47
But Professor Hess said that this was a great achievement and these photonic materials could be used in the development of lenses and in light storage and optical circuitry. and for military purpose
Comment icon #13 Posted by Paracelse on 20 March, 2010, 7:03
and for military purpose Unfortunately
Comment icon #14 Posted by Watchers on 20 March, 2010, 7:28
Yeah I saw something on the development of this tech a while back as well. From my understanding, all they can do is pretty much make a microscopic bump not look so raised. I think it's quite a ways away from being able to have the ability to even hide the tip of your finger, let alone your whole body.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Geistjaeger on 21 March, 2010, 19:41
So if the cloak were to bend light around the subject, it would be impossible for them to see while invisible. An additional sort of "invisibility goggles" would have to be invented as well in order to let a small amount of light through. Otherwise a person wearing it would need eye-holes and just look like a pair of eyes floating around. Additionally, the suit would have to be constantly clean and used only in dust-free dry environments, otherwise a thin film would appear on the surface making the figure look like a ghost. While it would be difficult to spot someone using the cloak, counterme... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Samuronin on 22 March, 2010, 6:14
Whoa, watch out for perverts!!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Moon Minion on 22 March, 2010, 8:21
Just imagine all the mischief making one could accumulate. But you wouldn't catch me checking out the hunks in the locker room... Besides, I'd probably give myself away with all the uncontrollable giggles. Pity.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Universal Sight on 22 March, 2010, 14:05
This could be the item that gives the most money to a spy or double agent in history...lol Well its nice to see that there is SOMETHING finally invented that will NOT be used for any deceiptful purpose such as assassinations, theft ...etc.


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