Way back in 2012, we wrote about a company called Hyperstealth Biotechnology and its efforts to develop an invisibility cloak. At the time, the company claimed to have a material to provide that kind of seemingly magical type of camouflage to soldiers. We were skeptical, but now seven years later, the Hyperstealth is showing off the real thing.
Hyperstealth has filed four patent applications related to its invisibility cloak (it's not clear if they have been granted yet), and released over 100 minutes of video demonstrating the prototype materials it has developed.
One of the patents covers a thin, light bending material, which you can see in the video above. It's designed to the hide the target, and also bends ultraviolet, infrared, and shortwave infrared and effectively blocks the subject's thermal spectrum—a soldier would be safe even from the Predator, in other words.
"It can hide a person, a vehicle, a ship, spacecraft and buildings. The patent discusses 13 versions of the material and the patent allows for many more configurations. One piece of Quantum Stealth can work in any environment, in any season at any time of the day or night, something no other camouflage is capable of," Hyperstealth explains.
Another patent deals with a solar panel amplifier. This uses the same lens material and is a key component of the overall design, as it provides more than triple the output of an equal thin film control panel and almost triple that of a monocrystalline panel, according to Hyperstealth.
This technology can be used in variety of ways. For example, Hyperstealth CEO Guy Cramer also demonstrates the invisibility cloak constructed into a riot shield. When held out a little further away, the subject disappears.
It's not clear when this stuff might actually be used in the field, though having progressed to the patent stage, we imagine it's close.
Images Source: Hyperstealth Biotechnology