It was one something that belongs only to science fiction, but now Japanese researchers have created invisible technology that’s the first step towards making objects invisible. The invisible technology comes from 2003 but its developers say that the Harry Potter like invisibility cloak is just the beginning.
The team led by doctor Susumu tachi from Keio University is now adapting its findings to help pilots, drivers, doctors and others. Retro reflective projection technology uses a computer, a video camera and projector to shine background images onto the front to the subject wearing specialized clothing creating the illusion invisibility.
What makes the invisible technology unique is a fabric made of glass beads only 50 microns wide, which can reflect light directly back at the source much like a movie screen. Viewed from near the light source the projection is bright even in broad daylight and researchers say the material can be applied to almost anything. In the short term the team sees usage in car interiors, airplanes and helicopters they say blind spots could be eliminated and accidents and hard landings avoided by making walls seemingly transparent. The eventual goal though is to create an augmented reality that allows anyone to easily see information on real-world objects.
Looking to the future instead of glasses people could wear this, and it would act as a navigation system you could also tell you who someone is if you meet them around town. In the few years since the technologies invention the price if the material as well as that of computing has come down opening the door for smaller yet more powerful applications. With the use to increase safety or to create a completely new form of computer human interaction, the world is likely to see or possibly not see more of this camouflage technology in the future.