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Japanese Scientist Invents 'Invisibility Cloak' !

. . . not just science fiction anymore . . .

Posted September 2, 2006 by Mike

After asking my brother if he remembered " . . that post I did about the invisibility cloak invented by the Japanese?", he reminded me that I'd sent it via e-mail. I double-checked, and sure enough, I never posted it here. So, for all you fans of "Ghost in the Shell's" Major Motoko and her model 2902 thermal-optical camo cloaking device, OR her KYO-RE Invisible Cape, the Japanese have invented an invisibility cloak. From Ananova (who no longer links the article), via Drudge:

Japanese scientist invents 'invisibility cloak'

A Japanese scientist has developed a coat which appears to make the wearer invisible. The illusion was part of a demonstration of optical camouflage technology at Tokyo University. It is the brainchild of Professor Susumu Tachi who is in the early stage of research he hopes will eventually make camouflaged objects virtually transparent. The photograph was taken through a viewfinder that uses a combination of moving images taken behind the wearer to give a transparent effect. It's hoped the technology will be useful for surgeons frustrated their own hands and surgical tools can block their view of operations and pilots who wish cockpit floors were transparent for landings.
With a little development (OK, a LOT of development), it'll be just like Major Motoko's KYO-RE Invisible Cape.

Definitely gots to get me one of those (strictly for trick-or-treating, of course).

Copyright Michael A. Morrow - March 21, 2004.