Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak
was almost too fantastical a magical item (and made for a cheap and easy literary foil to allow some of the main characters in the series to move from place to place and eavesdrop) to be believable even in fantasy novels, but a company called Hyperstealth Biotech Corp claims to have a camouflage
material that provides that exact capability to soldiers.
Called “Quantum Stealth”, the fabric supposedly works by bending light around itself so that observers can’t see that someone is there. Unfortunately, Hyperstealth Biotech won’t divulge any of the details of how the technology works, so it’s impossible to confirm or deny the validity of the company’s assertion.
CEO Guy Cramer told the Daily Mail that groups within both the U.S. military and Canadian military
have seen the stuff in person, saying, “These groups now know that it works and does so without cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors...It is lightweight and quite inexpensive. Both the U.S. and Canadian military have confirmed that it also works against military IR scopes and Thermal Optics.”
Although theoretically the technology to make such a cloak exists in one form or another, we’ll admit we have our doubts. Those photos are just Photoshopped mockups, and there’s something a little off about the company seeming to build its credibility based primarily on the number of news reports on it. (Who was it that said, “A lie repeated often enough becomes truth”? Lenin?) But if indeed Quantum Stealth technology is the real thing, this is a seminal moment in defense history. If not, Hyperstealth Biotech Corp is very dedicated to a very elaborate hoax.