Invisibility Cloak: Not just for Harry Potter anymore?

Wow! Just Wow! I was browsing CNN this morning and I came across the article about how scientists are creating material that can redirect light around objects. This is pretty cool stuff. No longer is Harry Potter going to be the only one with an awesome invisibility cloak. Summer camps beware!

Beyond the normal perverted male thoughts I can image a million and one practical applications for this. Not to mention then billion and one ways to exploit it. 🙂 I think the Hollywood movie industry would be the first adapters of this technology in the public sector (CIA/NSA/DHS/etc. in government of course). You could theoretically wrap a camera or person in this gear and not have to worry about keeping them out of the shot. I wonder though if it would be less “see-through” for HD cameras due to the higher pixels resolution/counts.

I’m going to have to set a reminder for myself to pick up a copy of Nature or Science for the details of this thing. I don’t remember who said it but I’ve always agreed with the saying “Magic is just science we don’t understand yet.” This type of research and technology continue to blur the line between science people will understand and what others will call “magic.” I’m all for that. We could all use a little more magic in our lives.

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on August 11, 2008

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