"Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

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"Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby castawaydave » August 11th, 2008, 12:42 am


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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby Jonathan Townsend » August 11th, 2008, 12:18 pm

able to bend visible light around a sizable solid object?

still lost as to how such a camoflaged person or vehicle would be able to navigate or communicate.
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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby Tom Frame » August 12th, 2008, 11:34 am

This isn't a new development. Mac King has been doing it for years!

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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby Edward » August 12th, 2008, 4:13 pm

Why wouldn't they be able to navigate or communicate.

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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby Jim Maloney » August 12th, 2008, 4:34 pm

If light goes completely around a person, none will be entering their eyes, hence not being able to see anything/navigate. Communication would still, conceivably, be possible via normal audio signals, though not via radio (same problem as seeing things).

This is a flaw that haunts many sci-fi premises, from the Invisible Man to the cloaking devices seen on Star Trek.

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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby Jonathan Townsend » August 12th, 2008, 5:18 pm

Sigh, some folks have not read Planetary
or kept up with the news on metamaterials.
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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby Jeremy Newton » August 12th, 2008, 6:30 pm

I'm guessing that the vehicle could have some very tiny cameras pointed in various directions. Yeah, the lens wouldn't be invisible, but it would look like a gnat from any distance. Also, I don't think these will completely "invisible." You will be able to see through/around them, but it will look like a haze or a "shimmer" in the air. You wouldn't know what was there, but you would know something is there.

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Re: "Poof! Scientists Closer to Invisibility Cloak"

Postby castawaydave » August 12th, 2008, 6:40 pm

Originally posted by Jeremy Newton: "...it will look like a haze or a 'shimmer' in the air..."

--or like "the Predator"...?

http://www.vvork.com/wp-content/uploads ... edator.jpg


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