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US army puts out call for invisibility cloaks

By T.K. Randall
May 9, 2015 · Comment icon 20 comments



Invisibility could prove invaluable in military operations. Image Credit: YouTube / UniversityRochester
The army is attempting to secure cutting edge materials capable of rendering its soldiers invisible.
Harry Potter certainly found his invisibility cloak helpful during his adventures in Hogwarts, but in the real world covering oneself in a magic piece of cloth isn't really a viable option.

That hasn't stopped the US military however from putting out a call for the next best thing. In a move designed to provide its soldiers with the means to remain as hidden as possible, army officials have called on technology companies to submit samples of their best 'stealth fabrics' for possible use on the battlefield.
It's an area that has seen a lot of progress in recent years, but while developing a cloak capable of rendering a subject completely invisible is still pretty much impossible, there do exist materials that can provide a significant degree of active camouflage that could prove invaluable during missions.

Some of these are put together on a microscopic level to effectively bend light around the wearer and render them harder to see while others use computerized systems that project what is behind the wearer on to the front of the material so that they appear partially see-through.

If the army does find what it is looking for then a prototype could see use within 18 months.

Source: Sputnik News | Comments (20)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
It's not that they believe it. It's that they want it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by lightly 8 years ago
. . . anybody seen my cloak ? *
Comment icon #13 Posted by jarjarbinks 8 years ago
Imagine watching your neighbor taking a shower while being stealthed
Comment icon #14 Posted by quiXilver 8 years ago
What idiot would deposit that kind of power in the hands of the most psychotic among us?
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
. . . anybody seen my cloak ? * Good God, lightly, that's the funniest dang thing I've heard all day. Thanks for making me clean-up my spewed coffee.
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
How would the General know that the troops where dis-coordinated ? That's where the "special equipment" comes in I made reference to in that statement. No idea what that might be, though. Some kind-of classified, encoded transponder I guess, if even that would be wise.
Comment icon #17 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
It's not that they believe it. It's that they want it.
Comment icon #18 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Imagine watching your neighbor taking a shower while being stealthed What???? Uh....NO. That would be rude, gross and perverted.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Zalmoxis 8 years ago
You'd think that the US Army would already have a record of all materials in existence that they could use, if not them then definitely the companies they contract to manufacture weapons and materials would definitely have a record of all materials in existence on this planet. The call for suggestions sounds absurd.
Comment icon #20 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
Are you...serious?


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