LONDON — Forget Harry Potter’s cloak, a British company claim to have made a real-life invisibility shield! London-based Invisibility Shield Co. says their fully functional devices can hide a whole person in broad daylight.
The firm explains that the innovation uses a precision engineered lens array to direct much of the light reflected from the subject away from the observer. This sends it sideways across the face of the shield to the left and right. From the observer’s perspective, background light is effectively smeared horizontally across the front face of the shield, over the area where the subject would ordinarily be seen.
“The shields perform at their absolute best against uniform backgrounds such as foliage, grass, rendered walls, sand, sky and asphalt,” the company explains. “Backgrounds with defined horizontal lines work really well too and these can be natural features such as the horizon or man-made features like walls, rails or painted lines.”
The makers are offering a small shield (310 x 210mm) to hide “everyday items” for £49 (about $65), or a full-size 950 x 650mm version that can hide a person. The larger shield is available for £299, or about $395. Estimated delivery is expected by December.
Currently, 25 shields have been developed, and the team is funding on Kickstarter to ramp-up capacity to develop more.
“Disappointed by the lack of progress and the continued unavailability of actual working invisibility shields, we decided to step things up and go all in on our project to create one,” the company says. “We went through countless iterations, tested a lot of materials, and experienced a lot of failure. But along the way, we managed to develop a reliable, scalable and efficient manufacturing process and created what we believe are the best invisibility shields ever made.”
Not really an invisibility shield if you can see it, now is it? You think someone’s not going to notice that blurry square moving across the landscape? It’s nice they’ve made progress, but this is hype.
…but it only works if you don’t look at me.
Need one big enough to use as a fence because of my nosy neighbor….Keep up the good work, engineers!
Some kid made this on youtube years ago…He used lenticular lens blanks on top of clear polycarbonate sheeting…..
https://youtu.be/KckHomYdiFc…..Here is the video showing how to make it
The cloaking technology used by law enforcement is far more advanced than what is presented here. I have personally seen the advanced version in use. The device used by law enforcement is worn on a waist and arm bands and is activated electronically via a battery pack contained within each of the components. It is highly effective and virtually invisible to the human eye at even at close range like standing next to someone using it. It is often used in conjunction with a sound reducing device withing the Cloak “dome” that makes two-way radio communication that is almost completely unrecognizable by individuals outside of this dommed environment. It is truly Norwellian in its use.