Innovation

This Camouflage Company Created an “Invisibility Cloak”

And it actually works.

This company created an “invisibility cloak” — and it actually works.

HyperStealth Biotechnology, a Canada-based camouflage company, developed a material called “Quantum Stealth,” which can bend light to make objects seemingly invisible. They filed a patent in early October for the material, which is paper-thin, independent from a power source, and inexpensive to make.

They created the effect by layering lenticular lenses with ridges, similar to what someone would see on plastic 3D cards. With enough layers at just the right angle, the sheet creates “dead spots” that conceal whatever is behind it.

HyperStealth is still working out some kinks in its tech, which currently requires objects to be a specific distance away for it to work.

"We are in the process of working with manufacturers to tool up for these unique lenses," the company's CEO Guy Cramer explained. "The manufactured versions should be very clear and quite detailed compared to the crude prototypes I currently have. I anticipate that the material will be ready for most applications within the next 12 months."

Once it’s perfected, they plan to use it for military purposes, including pop-up tents, catalogue nets and parachutes. But Cramer also says that it can be used to increase the energy output of solar panels because of its large reflective surface area.

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