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Illusion Cloak Makes One Object Look Like Another

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the cloak-of-the-beholder dept.

Technology 219

KentuckyFC writes "Metamaterials are synthetic substances that can steer light in any way imaginable. Their most famous incarnation is in invisibility cloaks which work by steering light around a region of space making any object inside that region invisible. But invisibility is just the start. A team of physicists in Hong Kong (the same guys who recently worked out how to cloak objects at a distance) have worked out how to create a cloak that makes one object look like another. Instead of steering light to make a region of space look empty, the illusion cloak manipulates light in a way that makes a region of space look as if it contains a specific object. So any object within that region of space, a mouse say, takes on the appearance of an elephant."

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219 comments

it's true (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945303)

it makes my cock look like a lollipop. Now suck it fag!

Re:it's true (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945889)

It doesn't look like a lollipop, but it tastes like my mom's pussy.

That's some sweet stuff (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945313)

Soon people all over can put one on their wives to have them look like supermodels... Yay!

Re:That's some sweet stuff (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945451)

Or put one on my... you know...like they made the mouse look like an elephant?

Re:That's some sweet stuff (3, Insightful)

maharb (1534501) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945477)

Still won't change the pleasure your new elephant can give.

Re:That's some sweet stuff (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945533)

Still won't change the pleasure your new elephant can give. What's the matter, sheep aren't good enough for you?

Re:That's some sweet stuff (4, Funny)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945681)

Instead of steering light to make a region of space look empty, the illusion cloak manipulates light in a way that makes a region of space look as if it contains a specific object, such as an elephant. So any object within that region of space, a mouse say, takes on the appearance of an elephant."

This is just going to piss off astronomers and give more credence to the UFO and ET enthusiasts when miscreants start projecting images of elephants floating around in the night sky.

Re:That's some sweet stuff (5, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945551)

Anybody who's ever gone to a drag bar knows this is not new.

When I moved to a new apartment in Chicago's New Town in my early twenties, my roommate (native of Kansas) and I walked around the corner to get a beer after a long day of hauling furniture. The first thing we noticed was the place was full of incredibly hot girls.

Or so we thought...

Fortunately, a bartender took pity on us two naifs and clued us in before we did anything irredeemable. My buddy, who was a few beers ahead of me, took some convincing, let me tell you.

Cognitive dissonance, when it involves the little head, is tough to deal with sometimes.

Dorks discover beer, film at 11 (-1, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945325)

n/t

Invisibility cloak?!? (5, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945327)

Invisibility cloak?!? Ha! I'll believe it when I see it!

A troll post looks 5, informative (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945335)

The Goatse is back [goatse.fr]

It's Called . . . (5, Funny)

elcorvax (1395311) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945351)

Make up !

Doesnt sound like much? (4, Interesting)

voss (52565) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945353)

Imagine the ability to make a tank look like a heavy truck at a distance(say to a drone), or a rocket launcher to look like a stack of pipes on satellite photos.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (4, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945395)

Ah, but if we're going to imagine making a tank look like a heavy truck, or a rocket launcher looking like a stack of pipes... why not just imagine world peace?

We're about as close to achieving a usable cloak of illusion as we are to achieving world piece...

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (4, Funny)

shaitand (626655) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945531)

The only way to do it is one step at a time, so I think I'll start by getting myself a piece.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945589)

> We're about as close to achieving a usable cloak of illusion as we are to achieving
> world piece...

Hardly. We have a sketchy, highly speculative theory for a cloak of illusion. I wouldn't even say were about as close to achieving world peace as we are to achieving
faster than light travel.

World piece, on the other hand, is something else entirely. Perhaps it's related to whirled peas?

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (0)

againjj (1132651) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945609)

We're about as close to achieving a usable cloak of illusion as we are to achieving world piece...

Well, I just achieved a piece of the world last week, but it cost over half a mil to do it. And the mortgage will go 30 years....

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (0)

eulernet (1132389) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945713)

A peaceful application would be for magicians, since these could lead to amazing magic tricks.

Amazing magic tricks? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945939)

A peaceful application would be for magicians, since these could lead to amazing magic tricks.

Are you really all that amazed by "Wow! That guy bought a product and used it! On stage!"?!?

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

lostguru (987112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945755)

Give pizza chance!

Re:Doesnt sound like much? Visualize W (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945807)

hirled peas... (Whirled Peas)....

Anyway, this will not work well against satellite inspection because most objects of interest to satellite-launching governments already have HUGE databases of what known matter gives off what kind of thermal/visual/shadow patterns at various times of day, season, and weather conditions. SOME things might cause doubt, and even consternation and even upset and assault timetable....

But, none of this cloak and swagger trickery/deception will work up close when an RPG or long-range targeting laser or a grenade or locally-induced dust storm will expose these gimmicks.

Explosions against bodies will produce fluids and pieces strewn about. Targeting lasers will either be absorbed, or be refracted/reflected. Grenades will do the first. Dust storms will screw with the transmitters, and if the snooping opponent sends in robot flies/UAVs, these can test for reaction at thresholds humans would respond to, this being to sniff out special forces who SHOULD be unnerved by snakes or bees slithering & hissing or buzzing about their sniping or scouting positions. If REAL troops are to be screwed with, drop itching powder or snakes on their positions. If they aren't supposed to BE there, then, fuck, they aren't supposed to BE there.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945983)

Actually, we are only one red button away from world piece(s)

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (3, Funny)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946103)

That's because there's no such thing as a cloak of illusion. It's a Hat of Disguise. Sheesh.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (5, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945497)

Seems to me like you could just make a small tank look like a heavy truck by hanging some shit on it. Ditto for the rocket launcher situation.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

chaim79 (898507) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945653)

Seems to me like you could just make a small tank look like a heavy truck by hanging some shit on it. Ditto for the rocket launcher situation.

Since you have to cover the tank/rocket launcher with this cloak, that's essentially what they're doing.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945727)

In your scenario, someone makes a lot of money selling some magical mystical shit. In my scenario, they could probably just use fitted covers (maybe with mylar in them so they show up on radar too) with a nice four-color job on them and someone gets to pocket the savings. I guess either way the taxpayer loses.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945759)

Seems to me like you could just make a small tank look like a heavy truck by hanging some shit on it. Ditto for the rocket launcher situation.

Less expensive and probably a much easier to attain illusion. Your point however probably wouldn't impress the military Fundies in the advanced research department of DARPA.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946177)

Maybe you haven't noticed, but trucks are just as likely to be targeted as tanks if they're in the war zone. Where do you think the fuel and ammo come from ?

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (4, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945569)

..or a rocket launcher to look like a stack of pipes on satellite photos.

Or vice versa.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945707)

I'm sure something like this would be the weapon of choice for agent provacateurs.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (3, Funny)

brkello (642429) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945597)

You are thinking too small. Just think what the porn industry could do with it!

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

youn (1516637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946041)

Yes, too small... too big... I believe you're right, for that industry, size does matter

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945669)

Becasue they could make it look like nothing? wouldn't that really be better?

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (2, Insightful)

rHBa (976986) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945775)

Why make a tank look like a heavy truck or a rocket launcher look like a stack of pipes when you could make them look like just another rock?

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945873)

Why make a tank look like a heavy truck or a rocket launcher look like a stack of pipes when you could make them look like just another rock?

That sounds like a Monty Pythonesque question. Rocks don't move at 30 MPH!

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (4, Funny)

garlicbready (846542) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945781)

I'd prefer to make a tank look like a Volkswagen beetle. just imagine the field of battle, a swarm of beetle against beetle firing tank shells at one another
"Sarge it looks like they're bringing out the heavy artillery, I can spot 3 Ford Escorts's and what looks like postman pat's van in the distance"

It'd be great as a car alarm / defense system, one click of a button and the car changes from a Ferrari into a Robin Reliant (let's face it no-one's going to steal one of those)

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945947)

Having the battlefield look like a whole battalion of Ross Perots [wikia.com] marching toward the front lines would make the enemy drop their weapons and run like hell. There may be some use to this technology.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

jandoedel (1149947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946247)

You mean like the 'Fighting Dukaki' in Futurama?

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

Mishotaki (957104) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945869)

I think the army wouls prefer to do the opposite... a fake blitzkrieg would totally trash the enemy morale compared to having a couple trucks shooting at you...

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (-1, Troll)

vikstar (615372) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945965)

Look, Palestine already has an invisibility cloak! They've cloaked their rockets [dover.idf.il] to look like hospital oxygen tanks! [btselem.org]

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27946027)

I'm more interested in making my time machine stop looking like a police box.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (1)

rusl (1255318) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946101)

It would be about 1001 times cheaper to do it with paint, styrofoam, cardboard... the usualy specialy effects. Also it would be less reliable.

Re:Doesnt sound like much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27946115)

It depends on how much it adds to my armor class.

Old news (1, Flamebait)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946133)

Hamas and Hizballah have been using this technology for years. They've successfully made troop carriers look like ambulances, and armories look like hospitals, for many years now.

This trick works especially well if the reflected light passes through a BBC lens.

I see... (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945359)

This article is full of win.

Fiddle with an invisibility cloak, and it can make any object look like another, say researchers.

Great! This is awesome. Now, where did I put my invisibility cloak so I can fiddle with it?

The researchers have even found a mind-boggling application. Their idea is to create the illusion that a wall has a hole in it, and then use the hole to look through the wall.

That's not quite as bonkers as it sounds. The wall has to be pretty thin, and what the new device does is allow light to tunnel through the wall in a way that would not ordinarily be possible. Amazing, if it works.

Yes, the wall must be thin -- thin enough for light to pass through it. In other words, thin enough to see through without the cloak on top of it. So, in order to see through a see-through wall, we put the cloak in front of it, then make the cloak appear to be a hole, through which we can see through the see-through wall. I see.

These gedanken experiments are nice and all, but I'll believe it when I see it. Or rather, when I don't.

Re:I see... (5, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945583)

Now where did I put my invisibility cloak..

It's right in front of you.

The Emperor's New Clothes (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945811)

Your post reminds me of The Emperor's New Clothes [pitt.edu]

I'm not trying to sound cynical here, but I think it's an interesting point; spending lots of money on something you can't see and that has a lot of dubious but theoretical value.

Re:I see... (4, Funny)

brianc (11901) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946143)

Their idea is to create the illusion that a wall has a hole in it

BIG DEAL... Wile E. Coyote was doing this (courtesy of A.C.M.E. Corp.) since
the 1960's.

{{notability}} (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945401)

A team of physicists... have worked out how create a cloak...

The article says nothing about this magic cloak actually existing, or even how to create the cloak. So I don't get it. Not to be all cranky old man, but back in my day we called such an object a "painting". In fact, I happen to know of a large stretch of reflective-like canvas material covering an entire wall in which groups of people congregate to sit and stare at its surface upon which miraculous reproductions of objects appear. By wearing special polarized goggles, these images can even appear in three dimensions! Is it a wall? Or is Mr. Spock truly standing before you?

(and to digress... if you're detonating a black hole to destroy a planet, what's the point of drilling to the center first? You'd think anywhere [wikipedia.org] on the surface would be sufficient, especially if you have tons of the red matter on hand.)

ugg (4, Insightful)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945417)

I hate all these cloaking articles they give really great 'examples' of what could be done with such technology but the actual news is much more mundane. In fact from the small freaking article it seems they have a math proof probably not even a prototype yet.

Military applications (0)

PipingSnail (1112161) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945453)

Oh wow. If this is true, this could have some serious battlefield uses. Not to mention decoy usage defending airstrips etc.

Put a cloak on innocent objects to look like planes and on fighter planes to look like innocent objects.

Pretty useful for covert surveillance as well.

This is one hell of an innovation in technology, if it is for real.

As usual I can't be bothered to login because I'm not a kharma whore.

O RLY? (-1, Offtopic)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945523)

by PipingSnail (1112161) [...] As usual I can't be bothered to login because I'm not a kharma whore.

Yes, yes you are. Unfortunately, your comment is not informative or insightful.

Re:Military applications (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945529)

While what you say is true, it's kind of sad that people tend to first think of what military uses technology can be put to.

It's not like someone thinks, for example, what a great kids toy you could make with this tech.

Any small wonder we have wars? Rather than have a LOT more fun.

Re:Military applications (3, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945547)

Man, if only I had one of these as a kid... I would have been the undisputed champion at hide-and-go-seek!!!

Re:Military applications (2, Funny)

matrim99 (123693) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945917)

Man, if only I had one of these as a kid... I would have been the undisputed champion at hide-and-go-seek!!!

I'll bet you would be. And you'd always happen to be "hiding" in the girl's locker room.

Yeah... so would I.

Prior Art (1)

RDW (41497) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945479)

No need for all that mucking about with physics - they just need to hire this student:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5261752/Artist-creates-invisible-car.html [telegraph.co.uk]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/8030766.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Grain of road salt here (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946031)

Too bad that the students car was recently smashed to bits by numerous individuals attempting to illegally park in (what looks like) a pedestrian no-parking zone.

One of these things... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945481)

... is not like the other.

Mud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945509)

Reminds me of a unique that could be grabbed at reboot time. LoL.

Magic: yes or no? (4, Interesting)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945513)

Assuming this is real, does this qualify as magic?

Re:Magic: yes or no? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945549)

Yes? I don't know, is this a joke question?

ps you look like douchebag [goatse img]

Re:Magic: yes or no? (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945635)

it makes it 'sufficiemtly advamced technology' - if it works.

Re:Magic: yes or no? (1)

againjj (1132651) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945679)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Re:Magic: yes or no? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945699)

If you don't understand how it works, yes.

rj

But can they make it bigger on the inside? (3, Funny)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945519)

Or travel through time and space?

Re:But can they make it bigger on the inside? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945993)

If that's the case just make sure not to put one in the other.

Just imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945525)

if our universe ends at the solar system, and we have been part of an experiment controlled by mice. Nah.

This development... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945541)

is going to destroy the market for "natural male enhancement" products.

SETI (3, Funny)

rodarson2k (1122767) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945543)

So now we finally have a realistic explanation for the lack of interaction with alien life forms. They've all developed illusion cloaks to protect their spacecraft and planets and everything. They look like paperclips and rubber bands. And chapstick. That's why they're always disappearing and re-appearing.

Re:SETI (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945639)

[quote]So now we finally have a realistic explanation for the lack of interaction with alien life forms. They've all developed illusion cloaks to protect their spacecraft and planets and everything. They look like paperclips and rubber bands. And chapstick. That's why they're always disappearing and re-appearing.[/quote]

Actually it's called an S.E.P. field. You can only see them from the corner of your eye. :)

Paperclips in space? (2, Funny)

rHBa (976986) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945817)

If I saw a disappearing and re-appearing paperclip while looking into space through a telescope I think I'd notice...

Re:Paperclips in space? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945883)

If I saw a disappearing and re-appearing paperclip while looking into space through a telescope I think I'd notice...

Hi, it looks like you are trying to make an astronomical discovery. Would you like to...

Re:SETI (2, Funny)

TomGreenhaw (929233) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945847)

Amazingly, they all survive eating one half of a pair of socks.

Re:SETI (3, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945931)

I always knew Clippy was out-of-this-world!

Re:SETI (2, Funny)

LuxMaker (996734) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946009)

Great. Now all you pencil neck geeks can look like Tom Cruise now. You can emerge from your mother's basement. Victorious!

Re:SETI (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27946039)

so my left sock was a spaceship?

Forget rocket launchers and tanks.. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945577)

I think we're all forgetting the most practical use of all: women's locker rooms!

Re:Forget rocket launchers and tanks.. (2, Funny)

cailith1970 (1325195) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945747)

Why would women want to make themselves invisible in the locker room? Oh, right...! :)

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945647)

This will finally put David Copperfield out of business? With one of these, any not talent hack could do "magic".

Re:So... (2, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945903)

In that case, it could keep David Copperfield in business.

Re:So... (1)

epr (826666) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946165)

More like put him out of business, who needs illusionists when you can make your car disappear by yourself. Which also would make this the perfect thing for insurance fraud.

vaporware (4, Informative)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945719)

The summary is bad enough, talking about invisibility cloaks as if they actually exist. This and the prior work by the team are nothing more than computer models. I'm not discounting the importance of the research, just the way in which it's framed. We don't have such cloaks yet and likely won't for a long time.

See an elephant in the room? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945737)

Looks like they're not seeing the elephant in the room.

Or are they?

It's made out of unobtanium (3, Insightful)

TomGreenhaw (929233) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945801)

Acording to the article, "The trick is to create a material in which the permittivity and permeability are complementary to the blah, blah, blah" In other words the creation of a material that doesn't (or cannot in our universe) exist. IMHO, a work of science fiction expressed in the language of mathematics.

Re:It's made out of unobtanium (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945863)

> In other words the creation of a material that doesn't (or cannot in our universe)
> exist.

Read up on metamaterials. It's already been done, though not in the exact form these guys suggest.

Re:It's made out of unobtanium (1)

TomGreenhaw (929233) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946097)

The most authoritative articles I read always seem to include things like: "Scientists not involved in the work said the plans appear feasible but that they would require more-advanced substances than currently exist." Maybe someday, but these guys are grossly overly optimistic on our ability to make materials that have these characteristics. These ideas are in the realm of transporters and faster than light travel - maybe in theory possible undewr very restrictive circumstances, but so far from practical application that it's kind laughable.

Obama's wearing it - he looks like Bush! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945871)

Let's see:

1. Troops will leave Iraq per the schedule Bush set.

2. Guantanamo detainees will face military tribunals instead of being tried in open court.

3. Illegal domestic wiretapping continues unabated.

4. Photos of US troops abusing detainees will not be released.

So much for "Hope and Change".

Pics or it didn't happen! (1)

Cloud K (125581) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945933)

IMO, a theory is not news. Especially with something like this, which just screams out "pics plz!". A Youtube video of it being thrown over the object or something would at least be an attempt to back it up, even though it's easily faked.

They could make (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27945945)

an Apple computer look like a PC.

And in other news... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945961)

researcher Yun Lai, has been seen hanging around the Lost and Found Office at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a VERY pissed-off expression on his face.

Wear a sandwich board (1)

dougwhitehead (573106) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945973)

Remove the waveform gobblygook and the article essentially says make the light look like the light coming from another object.

Sounds about like wearing a picture.

One of the deathly hallows down 2 to go (1)

jgoodstein (847344) | more than 5 years ago | (#27945985)

Any one seen the elder wand or perhaps the stone? Keep this technology away from he who shall not be named please I implore you !!!

Dang that's just wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27946005)

When I was a kid, we were just plain wrong. Didn't need all this newfangled science stuff to be wrong. Nope. No sir.

I think it's been done before (5, Funny)

crunchly (266150) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946007)

Because I've definitely seen elephants that weren't really there. And the weird thing is that they were always pink. And only showed up after I've had a few... Hmmmm.

I already have this.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27946089)

My socks are made of this invisibility cloak material. Coming out of the dryer, one of them seems to always disappear.

On future uses: (5, Funny)

gaderael (1081429) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946093)

Overheard in a girls washroom in the near future:

"Hey, there's something wrong with the faucet on this sink. No matter how much I turn the knobs, it only dispenses soap!

Nice (1)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946137)

So any object within that region of space, a mouse say, takes on the appearance of an elephant.

Nice. They'll be making condoms out of this stuff when?

Other applications (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27946217)

What if you wanted to make an empty space hovering over your desk look like a web browser?
i.e. when're they gonna grapple the models for metamaterials to manipulate ambient (or appropriate lamp-provided) light into displays? seems like with an advanced enough configuration, 3D even would be potentially natural for it.

Make a Mouse look like an Elephant (1)

Siker (851331) | more than 5 years ago | (#27946289)

I know, why don't we call it something easier than "illusion cloak." Something like... a photograph of an elephant!
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