truly a site unseen

We got your cloaking device right here

Well, kinda sorta. The Times reports:

Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter, it was revealed that the world’s first invisibility cloak has been tested in America. So far the device is rather limited — it is 5 ins wide and can hide an object only from microwave beams. But the principle established by Sir John Pendry, a professor at Imperial College London, has been proved to work and in the next five years there are hopes that total invisibility may become possible for rather larger objects. Tanks, for example.

Evidently this device follows the Sue Storm model:

“Our cloak allows a concealed volume, plus the cloak, to appear to have properties similar to free space when viewed externally,” Professor David Smith, of Duke University, said. “The cloak deflects microwave beams so they flow around a ‘hidden’ object, making it appear almost as if nothing were there at all. The waves’ movement is similar to river water flowing around a smooth rock.”

Of course, what thrills me the most is that I’m apparently going to live long enough to (not) see it.


2 Comments so far

  1. 20 October 2006

    Things I’ve posted elsewhere…

    I suppose I could crosspost from those other sites, but this way I spike their stats just a hair. (Not that anybody reads them anyway.) On that sorta-functional invisibility cloak: I want one. And this is the neatest CD-R idea……

  2. […] With regard to that aforementioned cloaking device, RoB says: I want one for my car. Let’s see those damn red-light cameras take a picture of my license plate then. […]