Archive for April 2015
I can absolutely assure you that if I ever have a chance to test this out, I will:
First, Arvid Guterstam made himself invisible. When he looked down at his body, there was nothing there.
He could feel he was solid; he hadn’t vanished into thin air. He even felt a paint brush tickle his transparent belly, while the brush appeared to be stroking nothing but air.
Being invisible is “great fun,” Guterstam reports, “but it’s an eerie sensation. It’s hard to describe.”
Then he took off his virtual reality headset and was back in the laboratory, fully visible. Guterstam is a medical doctor and PhD student, and he had just pulled off the first fully convincing illusion of complete invisibility. He went on to test 125 other people, and reports Thursday in Scientific Reports that seven out of ten also felt the illusion, and it was realistic enough to make them feel and respond physically as if a group of people could not see them.
A few steps below, say, the Star Trek holodeck, but possibly affordable by mere mortals not so far in the future.