Since the Harry Potter books first hit bookshelves, the world has been getting little pieces of J.K. Rowling’s universe. Universal Studios allows you to explore Diagon Alley, you can make your own butterbeer at home, and maybe, in your lifetime, you can experience a working invisibility cloak.
We would all love to own an invisibility cloak. But new research suggests that if they do ever exist they won’t be perfect: They’ll be more like Predator, less like Harry Potter.
Scientists now have a way to cloak something very small, making it effectively invisible. But what if scientists and engineers created a much larger version? What if we all had access to invisibility cloaks?
If you’re a non-magical being, you might think your chances of becoming invisible are slim to nil. But don’t jump to conclusions just yet: Researchers are now claiming to have developed a portable system that can make small objects, like your keys or pet lizard, disappear from sight.
AVG is a name well-known in the Windows world for its decent and free anti-virus software, but the company is apparently looking to expand outside of just software and protect people's privacy in the real world now. At Mobile World Congress, AVG is demoing a concept pair of glasses that both foil facial recognition…
Invisibility is perhaps the most ubiquitous of sci-fi dreams: Spy movies, video games, and classic cartoons all tantalize us with this trick. Researchers at the University of Rochester still haven't unlocked the secret to that elusive invisibility cloak either, I'm afraid. But they made a very cool optical illusion…
You know what the futurists are always saying: Time cloaks are so cool but they're so complicated. And it's true! What were you expecting from a device that literally hides moments in time? A Northwestern mathematician has just shown, though, it doesn't have to be quite so hard after all.
Time cloaks are so much cooler than invisibility cloaks because they use freaking time to hide things, not silly dumb vision tricks. This new method of using a time cloak is the first that can cloak data at rapid rates. It might change security altogether.
The last time Keio University was in the news it was for a prototype wearable cloaking device developed by a team of researchers at the school. A decade later you still can't go out and buy one, but the research has inspired another brilliant use for the technology—invisible car interiors that let you see everything…
Mercedes claims that its new fuel cell technology results in vehicles with no emissions, so it's as if they're invisible to the environment. And to drive this fact home, literally, they created a vehicle that was invisible to everything else.
Hiding behind a life-sized negative of yourself won't actually turn you invisible. But researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have figured out how to use that same idea to make real-world objects vanish when shot with microwave energy.
Squids and octopi are mesmerizing creatures when you can get a look at them. But that's not so easy thanks to their magical invisibility and camouflage powers.
While it only works on night scenarios, BAE's Adaptiv technology holy-fuck-Batman demonstration has left me dumbfounded. It can make a tank, helicopter or a battleship fully invisible at night. Or disguise them as any other vehicle.
What a preposterous world we live in, where developments in invisibility cloak tech are common enough to elicit yawns. Fine, you unmovable automatons, how about a time cloak? Is that something you might be interested in?
The Invisibility app is indeed magical. It takes a mediocre camera on your iPad 2 and turns it into something incredible.
Watch very closely as the camera pans around this landscape and try to locate the horde of soldiers—twenty? thirty?—hiding in plain sight. Apparently, some people in the military need no stinking magic cloaking technology to become invisible. [Thanks Karl!]
How do you make an underwater invisibility cloak? You start by creating a device that can manipulate sonar waves. This small cylinder, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, does just that.
Your pervy, Harry Potter-fueled dreams are edging closer to reality, now British scientists have used metamaterials to bend light in a different manner to previous attempts. Now, it works with a greater range of colors.
Invisibility cloak project is back on! It's from a different team of scientists that were using silver-plated nanoparticles in water though, with these latest Harry Potter enthusiasts using photonic metamaterials to change light rays.