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(Daily Mail)   British army tests "invisible" tank. Invisible WMD technology already perfected   ( divider line
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2007-10-30 01:11:39 PM
It'll be a step-up from the failed "invisible bike" program.
2007-10-30 01:21:41 PM  
At work so I can't do it, but someone please PhotoShop up the Tiananmen Square protester in front of a row of invisible tanks.
2007-10-30 01:33:28 PM  
They perfected the invisible horse years ago.
This is just the next logical step.
2007-10-30 02:06:19 PM  
What we have here, Mr. President, is an INVISIBLE WMD GAP!
2007-10-30 03:57:52 PM  
It's going to be a very frightening future indeed.
2007-10-30 03:58:45 PM  
Everyone remember where we parked!
2007-10-30 04:00:30 PM  
They're rendering tanks invisible by projecting landscapes on to the sides? That's it?

This isn't cutting-edge technology, this is a Scooby Doo villain's prank.
2007-10-30 04:00:38 PM  
2007-10-30 04:02:16 PM  
They had this back in WWII: tanks with a grid of bulbs, a photodetector cell and a dimmer pack on one side, they could adjust the output of the bulbs to match the overall backlighting of the sky using feedback from the photocell. The effect if you looked at them from a distance at their elevation or below them was they blended perfectly into the sky behind them. Agianst green trees or grass, not so much, but by reducing contrast ratio it *kinda* worked even then to obscure the shapes at a distance of a mile or more.
2007-10-30 04:02:29 PM  
Congrats, subby. That headline was a
2007-10-30 04:02:35 PM
2007-10-30 04:02:45 PM  
In other news, the UK's greatest minds are still pursuing elusive "toothbrush" technology.
2007-10-30 04:02:58 PM  
Atari 2600?
2007-10-30 04:03:19 PM  
Bah! Nod had this years ago.
2007-10-30 04:03:23 PM  
Old news. The Iraqis have been using this technology to hide their WMDs for years.
2007-10-30 04:03:36 PM  
The comments on the article are funny.

Its amazing, the gadgets and gizmos that were science fiction in my childhood are becoming reality. We live in an age of scientific invention not seen since the Victorian age or the Second World War. Scientists have already been able to move matter through space, how long before time travel, with all the perils that entails, becomes a probability?

- Johngee, London

Makes me not feel so bad being a "stupid" yank when I read shiat like this from people from across the pond.
2007-10-30 04:03:37 PM  
I already have an invisible tank. It's parked right next to my invisible Ferrari, which is being driven by my invisible supermodel girlfriend.
2007-10-30 04:04:16 PM  
2007-10-30 04:04:29 PM  
I've found a cool picture of the tank with the camouflage activated, click the image to see it:
(new window)
2007-10-30 04:04:31 PM  
Let me guess without reading TFA.

Either camera/projection, or fiber optics? No new idea at all.
2007-10-30 04:04:33 PM  
I'll bet it only shoots at invisible people. Billions$ Billions$
2007-10-30 04:04:33 PM  
Lupus Yonderboy unavailable couldn't be found for comment.
2007-10-30 04:04:38 PM  
Wow! More bait for "The Philadelphia Experiment" theorists. I can see another crappy movie coming from this.

More seriously, the Brits sure seem to be light years ahead of anyone else in armor technology. I'm pretty sure they are the ones responsible for the Chobham (sp?) armor that makes our M1Ax tanks "invincible".
2007-10-30 04:04:44 PM
2007-10-30 04:05:12 PM  
therecksays 2007-10-30 04:03:19 PM
Bah! Nod had this years ago.

Damn you for being quicker than me!
2007-10-30 04:05:24 PM  
Suicidal Writer: Invisible condom(SFW)

I've used that before. More as an excuse, not the actual product.
2007-10-30 04:05:27 PM
2007-10-30 04:06:17 PM  
S'funny, I was at the big Arms expo at the Excel Centre in London and I don't remember seeing this....
2007-10-30 04:07:13 PM
2007-10-30 04:07:15 PM  
Bah! Nod had this years ago.

I got that... And the fact that I got it is sad.
2007-10-30 04:08:54 PM  
It seems it is very easy to impress the british these days.

I love how the state in the beginning of TFA how they can productionize it in a few years and then mention at the end that it would be insanely difficult to do this.

This will be done in the future with pannels of OLEDs. This will only work at straight on angles of incidence. IMHO

/surprised that the predator has failed to comment on this
2007-10-30 04:09:12 PM  
Peach_Fuz: therecksays
Bah! Nod had this years ago.

I got that... And the fact that I got it is sad.

That's not sad, Command and Conquer rocks
2007-10-30 04:09:43 PM  
If you're going to be fighting evil, maybe you should put some pants on?

/The Bowler, FTW
2007-10-30 04:10:05 PM  
what's next, silent helicopters?
did you here something?
they're already here!
2007-10-30 04:10:15 PM

My invisible bladder.
2007-10-30 04:11:00 PM  
"Sir, there's artillery rounds impacting all around us and it sounds like about a dozen tanks are coming down the road."

"It must be your imagination, I don't see anything."
2007-10-30 04:11:01 PM  
Tenebreux: S'funny, I was at the big Arms expo at the Excel Centre in London and I don't remember seeing this....

I guess it works!
2007-10-30 04:11:45 PM  
They can call it the "leafy bug"
2007-10-30 04:11:46 PM  
i heard they also have invisible airplanes somewhere on youtube. but the question is, can they not be spotted by infrared or other methods?
2007-10-30 04:12:46 PM  
i guess i took the blue pill: what's next, silent helicopters?

Baconated grapefruit?
2007-10-30 04:13:01 PM  
FLIR technology makes this pretty pointless in conventional warfare. But if you want to sneak a tank up on some civilians...
2007-10-30 04:13:14 PM  
Suicidal Writer: Invisible condom(SFW)
From that article: "The female condom is actually extremely good as a contraceptive and for protection against sexually transmitted diseases. But it looks so horrible not too many people have taken it up."

How did the author of that piece manage to write that with a straight face?
2007-10-30 04:13:30 PM
2007-10-30 04:13:35 PM  
2007-10-30 04:13:47 PM  
HK-MP5-SD 2007-10-30 04:11:01 PM
Tenebreux: S'funny, I was at the big Arms expo at the Excel Centre in London and I don't remember seeing this....

I guess it works!

2007-10-30 04:15:22 PM  
The Invisible Sky Wizard: My invisible bladder.

Worlds fair 1964
2007-10-30 04:15:34 PM  
"I told you we should use the visible guns, but noooo, you had to have the INvisible guns because they're magical and oooooh..."
"Yeah, way to kick a guy while he's down, Greg. Maybe if we had an invisible tank..."
"Oh, shut up. Just shut up."

/no one's going to get this one
2007-10-30 04:15:44 PM  
Meh, come back when they make a working Lazarus Shield.

/ not obscure
2007-10-30 04:16:04 PM
2007-10-30 04:16:19 PM

Actually... uh, Superman, I'm sort of using the invisible toilet in back of the invisible jet here right now...
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