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    Aw man, but I can't make that clicking rasping sound like the Predator does, so this would be totally wasted on me.

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    Light travels at 100 million meters per second [wat?] and in order to cloak it you'd need that many meters (of metamaterial), roughly speaking," he said.
    But McCall said current optical-fibre technology could be used to construct a "poor man's cloak" capable of demonstrating "proof of concept" by imperfectly hiding events taking place over a few nanoseconds.
    Sounds like they're just marketing it as an invisibility cloak to help get funding.

    Our best bet for invisibility cloaks is still flexible OLEDS being developed into a suit. Cameras on all sides showing their (merged) recorded video on the other.
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    I think Troy Hurtubise made a cloaking suit using a lot of little mirrors glued onto some overalls, worked about as good as you would expect

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    The only thing that's problematic is wearing a cloak of material 100,000 km thick. How would you iron it, for one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Impossible View Post
    The only thing that's problematic is wearing a cloak of material 100,000 km thick. How would you iron it, for one?
    Aha but if its invisible, why bother?

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    You know what else is cool? Those neato star trek energy shields that totally exist right now as well.

    those are rad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onionface View Post
    I think Troy Hurtubise made a cloaking suit using a lot of little mirrors glued onto some overalls, worked about as good as you would expect
    I can't decide if that guy is an idiot or a genius.

    Imagine it... a human disco-ball .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rainville View Post
    You know what else is cool? Those neato star trek energy shields that totally exist right now as well.

    those are rad.
    Ha, Rad indeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by karma militia View Post
    Imagine it... a human disco-ball .
    He is called "The Collector".

    Cloaking device = Awesome
    Cloaking device = Awesome

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    That photo of him staring over the crater (on his blog) gives me a Pink Floyd kind of vibe.

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    I can only see a house, a sky and some people! Where the fuck is he!?

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    What do they mean it's only theoretical?

    This technology already exists.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD83dqSfC0Y

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    So if this metamaterial is used to get pedestrians across a street, would it hang as a curtain over the road? Or would it be like a tunnel? Or would the cars be made of it? Or the road? I don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpian View Post
    So if this metamaterial is used to get pedestrians across a street, would it hang as a curtain over the road? Or would it be like a tunnel? Or would the cars be made of it? Or the road? I don't get it.
    The thing reflecting the light, so in this case the person. Basically it's a proof of theory exercise in that light can be slowed down and / or speeded up. You'd need to cross the street in about a billionth of a billionth of a second for it to have any effect in terms of cloaking your movements and if you did that nobody would see you anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpian View Post
    So if this metamaterial is used to get pedestrians across a street, would it hang as a curtain over the road? Or would it be like a tunnel? Or would the cars be made of it? Or the road? I don't get it.
    I think this technology is just way to slow down light; so that by the time you've seen something - it's already happened, or it seemed to happen so fast that your eyes/brain can't register it. As far as i can tell, it would not hide the subject in either space or time, it would just trick an observer for a fraction of a moment, assuming that observer can perceive nothing but the frequency of light which has been slowed.

    obviously using this technology as an invisibility cloak, even in the distant future, is laughable. It's just a trick to drum up public interest to acquire funding for more practical applications for these metamaterials.

    They managed to freeze lightbeams a few years ago, and these metamaterials which bend/slow light have been around for even longer, so I'm not entirely sure what the "news" is.

    Anyway, i wish them luck, i'm sure there is all kinds of cool applications for this technology which i can't even imagine.

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