You know all those far-fetched, science-fictiony inventions that humanity figured we’d be hearing about in the 21st Century? You know how we wanted this century to have flying cars and instead we got handed this thing called social media filled with a bunch of other people continually saying they love bacon and Neil Tyson? You know, of course, you just know how we’ve been disappointed about the apparent absence of said flying cars, personal jetpacks, hover barns, and other boring 80s and 90s references.
Well folks, this might be the first technological discovery in quite some time that has that certain ring to it:
The University of Rochester has produced some form of cloaking objects across continuous angles using ordinary lenses, as this short video shows:
And they built it for a little over $1000, what everyone is calling “less than the cost of a computer,” or half of an Apple computer. The only limit, they say, is how large the lenses can be built.
“From what we know this is the first cloaking device that provides three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said Joseph Choi, a graduate student who helped develop the method at Rochester, which is renowned for its optical research.
In their tests, the researchers have cloaked a hand, a face, and a ruler – making each object appear “invisible” while the image behind the hidden object remains in view. The implications for the discovery are endless, they say.
If your need for information on cloaking technology tonight wasn’t quite satisfied by that first video and the various game wikis out there, here’s one describing a bit more about the device:
Hope that satisfies you. But wait, want to MAKE your own cloaking device?
The University of Rochester published some DIY instructions to help you get started.
And “The Future” begins… now.