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Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak is now a reality
Remember the Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak? That magic piece of clothing that made anyone who put it on disappear into thin air? Prepare to be amazed as it might not be long before technology makes it a reality.
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a device named ‘The Rochester Cloak’. By lining up four standard use lenses, the team behind the project have managed to bend light around objects and create the illusion of invisibility.
“There’ve been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn’t there, often using high-tech or exotic materials,” said professor of Physics at Rochester University John Howell, in an interview with Cnet.
The amazing thing about the Rochester cloak, though, is that it uses inexpensive, basic equipment and achieves multidimensional cloaking in multiple directions. This means that the invisibility device could work even with a moving object.
Although it’s still early days, Rochester’s development has a lot of potential and could be manipulated in several different ways. The simplicity of the method allows for optimism that, with larger lenses, you can actually cloak almost anything.
In an interview with Reuters, Joseph Choi, a grad student at Rochester University and part of the team behind the cloak, said: “I imagine this could be used to cloak a trailer on the back of a semi-truck so the driver can see directly behind him. It can be used for surgery, in the military, in interior design, art.”
Now, imagine if the Rochester Cloak became available for commercial use – how would you use your new-found powers of invisibility? Take it to the comment box and tell us more!