Items tagged with invisibility-cloak

Did Land Rover find an invisibility cloak a while back and is just now telling the world about it? Not quite, but the all-new Range Rover Evoque comes with a nifty new feature that Land Rover calls Clear Sight Ground View. Using a series of cameras that are mounted on the side-view mirrors and in the grille, you're given a 180-degree view of what’s in front and below where the hood of the vehicle is. This will come in particular handy when you're navigating trails, climbing rocks, or trying to navigate through crowded parking lots (although it'll likely be the latter despite the Evoque's off-road prowess). Land Rover Clear Sight Ground View The images from the cameras are stitched together... Read more...
Starships that can cloak make an intriguing plot device in the Star Trek universe, especially in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. While "invisibility cloaks" have been bandied around on the big screen for decades, their use in real life hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype. However, researchers from Pennsylvania State University think that they have a way of turning science fiction into science fact. Unlike cloaking devices in Star Trek, Pennsylvania State is using what it calls an acoustic ground cloak. This cloak would be used underwater to in effect make an object undetectable when scanned via sonar. This is achieved by scattering sound waves, spreading the energy around the... Read more...
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... Read more...