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(BBC)   Scientist invents invisibility cloak. Skeptics' society sees right through it   ( divider line
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2003-02-05 02:44:24 PM  
2003-02-05 03:05:01 PM  
Great tagline. Thanks!
2003-02-05 03:06:06 PM  
I'd rather have the Nimbus 2000 broom.
2003-02-05 03:09:52 PM  
Best camo gear. Snipers everywhere rejoice.
2003-02-05 03:26:30 PM  
WOW ! what will X10 think of next !?!?!
2003-02-05 03:47:53 PM  
When I drink enough vodka I become invisible
2003-02-05 04:03:21 PM  
Wait... so it just takes a PICTURE of what's behind you, and puts it on the front? I'm confused... how is that invisibility?
2003-02-05 04:15:24 PM  
Pulsar - that's what the whole pursuit of 'invisibility' has centered around for the past decade. Short of actual magic, the only way to attain 'invisibility' is to create something that, when you look at it, shows you what is behind it - as if it weren't there at all. Think of a plane that, when flying overhead, showed the clouds above it on the bottom of the plane - in perfect timing, color and viewing angle, of course. It would be practically invisible. The movie Predator had a very good interpretation of this. Of course, there are many hurdles to doing this, but it looks like the first one has been cleared.

- Grumpy
2003-02-05 04:22:26 PM  
Still seems like a hack job to me. I can't believe that that's the only way to attain invisibility. Why not research a photon-resistant material or something?
2003-02-05 04:36:21 PM  

Did you see the latest James Bond flick? He had something like what you describe. Is that art imitating life, or what?
2003-02-05 05:01:56 PM  
Photon-resistant, Pulsar5271? That would mean that it would either absorb (black shadow effect) or reflect ("Oh look! It's Metal Mario!") light. Of course you could make a material transparent, but that's a very expensive idea, and how do you get the people to be transparent, too? Heck, it drove Kevin Bacon crazy!
2003-02-05 06:07:30 PM  
Calling it an "invisibility cloak" is a giant stretch. Looks like a GLOWING GREEN JACKET to me! Wear that thing out in public and you'll be stalked by ravers who want to know where they can buy one. Invisibility done right makes you _less_ visible. Now get back to the lab and get back to work!
2003-02-05 06:22:36 PM  
Now perverts everywhere can hide in women's locker rooms.
2003-02-05 06:29:46 PM  
Looks like this Japenese guy has been watching/reading too much Ghost in the Shell
2003-02-05 06:33:45 PM  
All I can think of is "Amazon Women On The Moon" and Ed Bagley Jr. running around naked as the "Invisible" man.
2003-02-05 06:34:13 PM  
Kevin Bacon got to feel up that red-headed chick while she was napping.

Perks of the job.
2003-02-05 06:34:26 PM  
This'll show that lousy Draco Malfoy!

Or not.....feh. I gots nuttin'.
2003-02-05 06:34:28 PM  
I remember reading in Popular Science about the military starting to develop something like this for Jets... where they reflect the sky immediately opposite them, while encorporating Stealth Technology.... thus allowing them to be completely invisible.
2003-02-05 06:34:37 PM  
Note: The picture on the coat is made by a viewfinder which puts together the moving images which are behind the wearer.

This is a repeat of earlier technology, shown a few months back. The image shows up due to the fact that you're looking at the person through a special device that transposes the image on the person. The other method is to project an image on an object.

Imagine yourself standing in front of a bookcase, with an overhead projector pointed at you, which is projecting a picture of that same bookcase. You'll look just like this person.

When they can do it without projectors or special viewing apparatus, they'll have something.
2003-02-05 06:35:11 PM  
Oh, and JerseyTim, for some reason I found that simple joke hilarious.
2003-02-05 06:35:20 PM  
So... what if you're looking at him from an angle? Are there cameras all the way around the jacket? It's a cool concept, but it's got a long way to go.
2003-02-05 06:35:26 PM  

Are you actually suggesting that the latest Bond flick was art?
2003-02-05 06:35:47 PM  
Let's hope they don't come up with a tachyon detection grid to see through the cloak...
2003-02-05 06:35:51 PM  
Does the picture move with him? With tiny digital video cameras that would be cool. But the shirt is still just a giant tv right? Only a matter of time before someone programs it to show boobies whenever anyone whistles.
2003-02-05 06:36:46 PM  
They aint got nothin on this guy:

[image from too old to be available]
2003-02-05 06:36:47 PM  
Pff, I've already got one.

/obscure MGS joke
2003-02-05 06:36:49 PM  
When I drink enough vodka I become invincible.
2003-02-05 06:36:57 PM  
this is so old <- never thought id say that.
2003-02-05 06:37:02 PM  
This is a big leap forward, but to what gain? I mean, other than putting this stuff on military personel and hiding in the girls locker room at college, I don't really see a need for this. But then, both of those reasons are good enough. I'll take one when its out of beta.
2003-02-05 06:37:35 PM  
Yeah, I think I used to know a tibeten technque for turning invisible. It involved extream concentration, then you turned out the room lights.

People couldn't see you, but everyone had a tendency to fall over the furniture and step on the cat.

Not a real good party trick, especially not for the cat.
2003-02-05 06:38:59 PM  

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2003-02-05 06:39:36 PM  
2003-02-05 06:39:51 PM  
A Japanese clever-clogs

Wtf is a Japanese clever-clogs???
2003-02-05 06:40:18 PM  
Scragman02: Imagine if American soldiers could lie down in the sand, flip on the jackets, and project an image of khaki colored sand onto their backs! Or if they are standing in a forest, and they flip on their jackets, and BAM! They have green and black foliage superimposed on their clothes. There ain't nothing like it out there! The enemy would be freakin. "Where'd they go? I can't see nothing but leaves". It'd be just like old-fashioned camoflauge but electronic and billions of dollars more!
2003-02-05 06:40:25 PM  
this was done a long time ago when kramer built an invisible coffee table.
2003-02-05 06:40:44 PM  
Ohhhh... so that picture is taken through a special lens that swaps the background image with the coat. Thanks for the clarification, PlastiqueJeebus

"If you wear these special glasses, a person disappears"
[image from too old to be available]
2003-02-05 06:40:54 PM  
The US has had this for about 10years the Learning channel shows it all the time
2003-02-05 06:41:00 PM  
This idea only works from the head-on perspective.
I'm waiting for the camo suit that takes a photo sample of the soldier's surrounding and adapts the color and pattern of the suit to provide the best camo pattern for the environment.

"Everybody within fifty miles of downtown Beruit is wearing camo. They need to put store fronts and car grills on those people!"
(some stand-up comedian)
2003-02-05 06:41:30 PM  
i might be wrong but didn't the U.S. Army have something similar to this using fiber-optics? and it reflected the complete same thing on the other side without that greenish tinty thing? Course i coulda been dreaming... is this a dream.... hold me*cough*
2003-02-05 06:43:00 PM  
*Imagines whole armies moving across borders without any civilians noticing them*
2003-02-05 06:43:47 PM  
Surgeons want to see through their hands? Boy is that a well-kept secret.
I'd like to be able to see through my eyelids. Pretend I'm asleep and stuff.
2003-02-05 06:44:17 PM  
I'm willing to bet his driving force behind making it was to sneak into locker rooms. Cool jacket though, I'll take one in clear- kplzthnx
I wonder though if it weighs a ton or if it is waterproof.
2003-02-05 06:44:25 PM  
I think they should have done a better job with the picture that came with the article. It was obviously photoshopped.
2003-02-05 06:46:06 PM  
Then a little kid said, "But the Emporer has no clothes!" Emporer George W. then made a bunch of defense contractors "disappear."
2003-02-05 06:46:07 PM  
lol Xelys, my thoughts exactly
2003-02-05 06:46:08 PM  
The web page for this guy's research lab is here.
They've got pictures and movies of it in action.

Looks to me like all they are doing is just taking a picture of a scene then projecting it on some guy wearing a white coat standing in that same scene. That kind of thinking gets you a patent it seems.

2003-02-05 06:46:58 PM  
oh, and he actually lists "Ghost in the Shell" as a reference!
2003-02-05 06:48:27 PM  
Screw seeing through surgeons hands...i want the condom! She'll never see me cumming

2003-02-05 06:48:47 PM  
Old news. Actually, there was a post about this a while back with some insanely cool videos of the technology in action.
2003-02-05 06:50:23 PM  
Imagine having super vision, being able to see through anything... like through someone's clothes or into that locker room. Through them, through the wall behind them, through the curvature of the earth, through the atmosphere, until every source of light in the universe was available to you, without the intercession of matter. Imagine the searing pain, the blinding hell, and you can't block it out because you see through your eyelids.
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